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UDBIOCHE - BSc Biochemistry

Course Specification


Validation status Validated
Highest award Bachelor of Science Level Honours
Possible interim awards Bachelor of Science, Diploma of Higher Education, Certificate of Higher Education, Bachelor of Science
Total credits for course 360
Awarding institution London Metropolitan University
Teaching institutions London Metropolitan University
School School of Human Sciences
Subject Area Biosciences
Attendance options
Option Minimum duration Maximum duration
Full-time 3 YEARS 4 YEARS
Part-time 4 YEARS  
Course leader Christine Nunn

About the course and its strategy towards teaching and learning and towards blended learning/e-learning

The BSc course is will promote a broad understanding of the range of subject areas allied to Biochemistry. Knowledge and understanding of biochemistry is summatively assessed by time-constrained unseen examinations and by coursework comprising elements such as essays, practical reports, progress tests, poster presentations and seminar presentations completed during the course of the 30 week module. Coursework and online tests are also used to provide formative feedback. Formative diagnostic assessment of knowledge and understanding is carried out, particularly during the initial stages of the course.

Utilisation of the University’s VLE, WebLearn has become an invaluable tool with which to disseminate information and to support and assess student learning. Online progress tests will be used to provide students with feedback on their progress. Exams in several modules are delivered as online exams.

Feedback will be delivered online and through provision of tutorial questions and answer sessions and other formative exercises.

Practical skills exercises at each level are used to monitor proficiency at experimental work. Assessment of Data handling skills are embedded in practical reports, problem solving exercises, information abstracting and reviewing exercises, poster presentations and seminar presentations.

The level 6 Research Project provides the ultimate measure of experimental and other practical skills. The excellent Science Centre also provides an unrivalled facility in which to carry out the level 6 research project module. BSc project assessment will culminate in the presentation of a dissertation and a viva exam, designed to allow the student to demonstrate their depth of knowledge and understanding.

Students have access to the North campus library, which has recently been comprehensively refurbished. It provides specific group study areas as well as access to a comprehensive and regularly reviewed range of textbooks, journals and online learning resources. In addition, there are newly fitted ‘all access’ areas on the ground floor of the Tower building and the green lounge at Benwell Road. These areas come with comfortable seating and IT facilities.

Course aims

BSc (Hons) Biochemistry has been designed to produce graduates with a sound knowledge base and a high standard of cognitive, practical and transferable skills, who will be equipped to take up employment in medical research, in hospital and public health laboratories, and in the pharmaceutical, food and agricultural industries. The analytical, numerical and communication skills developed by biochemistry graduates are also in demand in non-science-based careers such as accountancy, journalism and marketing.

The aims of the single honours Biochemistry course are to provide the opportunity for students to explore the molecular, cellular and physiological bases of life processes. They will

Enhance their intellectual and practical skills necessary for the collection, analysis, interpretation and understanding of biochemical information and data as well as develop awareness of the ethical implications of the complex biochemical issues presented in the contemporary world. Students will develop skills of reflection and self-evaluation. The course will enhance employability awareness, professional performance and transferable evaluative skills, problem solving skills and communication skills.

Course learning outcomes

On the BSc Biochemistry, the QAA outcomes for Biosciences have been referred to, figures in brackets indicating the generic area(s) each specific outcome addresses.

  1. to have developed an understanding of the structure and chemical functioning of biological molecules, of information storage, transfer and processing in living systems and of metabolic processes and their control [1]
  2. to have developed a knowledge of the diversity of cell types, and an understanding of the relationship between cellular structure and function, and of the mechanisms by which individual cells interact in complex organs and multicellular organisms [1]
  3. to have developed an awareness of the ethical dimensions within which contemporary biochemistry operates [3]
  4. to have developed higher order skills that are reflected in their ability to critically evaluate and integrate information and develop ideas on issues, methodologies and processes within a biochemical context [2,3]
  5. to have developed higher order skills that are reflected in their ability to construct logical and reasoned arguments to support their position on the social and ethical impact of advances in biochemistry [2,3]
  6. to have developed higher order skills that are reflected in their ability to undertake self-reflection and demonstrate the skills of self-management, self-presentation and decision making [5,3]
  7. to be able to communicate concepts, principles and information effectively by oral, written and visual means with clarity and confidence [4]
  8. to be able to identify and work towards targets for personal, academic and career development, and implement strategies for updating, maintaining and enhancing knowledge and skills [5]
  9. to be able to undertake the collection and analysis of biochemical data with due regard to validity, accuracy, calibration, precision and reproducibility [2,3]
  10. to be able to devise and execute an independent project in a responsible, safe and ethical manner, and interpret and contextualise the findings within a contemporary understanding of biochemistry [2,3,5]

Course learning outcomes / Module cross reference

- To have developed an understanding of the structure and chemical functioning ofbiological molecules, of information storage, transfer and processing in living systems and of metabolic processes and their control:

[1]
AS4001 Laboratory Science (for Applied
Biology)
AS4002 Chemistry and Biochemistry(for
Applied Biology)
AS4003 Cell and Molecular Biology(for Applied
Biology)
AS4004 Anatomy and Physiology(for Applied
Biology)
AS5004 Metabolism and Microbiology
AS5005 Molecules of Heredity and Defence
CH5008 Organic Chemistry

- To have developed a knowledge of the diversity of cell types, and an understanding of the relationship between cellular structure and function, and of the mechanisms by which individual cells interact in complex organs and multicellular organisms:

[1]
AS4003 Cell and Molecular Biology(for Applied Biology)
AS4004 Anatomy and Physiology(for Applied
Biology)
AS6005 Biochemical Pathology:
AS6056 Bioinformatics and Molecular
Modelling
CH6009 Natural Products and Medicinal
Chemistry

- To have developed an awareness of the ethical dimensions within which contemporary biochemistry operates [3]:

AS4004 Laboratory Science(for Applied
Biology)
AS6P01 Research Project (for Applied Biology)

To have developed higher order skills that are reflected in their ability to critically evaluate and integrate information and develop ideas on issues, methodologies and
processes within a biochemical context
[2,3]:

AS4002 Chemistry and Biochemistry(for
Applied Biology)
AS4001 Laboratory Science(for Applied
Biology)
AS6P01 Research Project

- To have developed higher order skills that are reflected in their ability construct logical and reasoned arguments to support their position on the social and ethical impact of advances in biochemistry [2,3]:

AS4001 Laboratory Science (for Applied
Biology)

- To have developed higher order skills that are reflected in their ability undertake selfreflection and demonstrate the skills of selfmanagement, self-presentation and
decision making [5]:

AS4001 Laboratory Science (for Applied
Biology)
AS5004 Metabolism and Microbiology
AS6P01 Research Project (for Applied Biology)

To be able to communicate concepts, principles and information effectively by oral, written and visual means with clarity and confidence [4]:

AS4001 Laboratory Science (for Applied
Biology)
AS4002 Chemistry and Biochemistry(for
Applied Biology)
AS4003 Cell and Molecular Biology(for Applied

Principle QAA benchmark statements

Biosciences

Assessment strategy

Students are assessed through a variety of methods including problem solving exercises, in-class test, data analysis, practical reports, case studies, oral presentations, extended essays, examinations, research project interim report, oral examination and dissertation.

Practical s kills are summatively assessed through coursework assignments, including those in the project module. Data handling skills are summatively assessed by practical reports, problem solving exercises, oral presentations and examinations.

Formative assessments include group activities in tutorial classes, mini-tests and project workshops.

Organised work experience, work based learning, sandwich year or year abroad

The course includes the option to take either a 15 credit Work Placement module at level 6 or a 30 credit Sandwich Placement module between level 5 and level 6. Students are not allowed to register for both these modules.

Course specific regulations

If attendance falls below 75% on a module, reassessment opportunities will not be available and instead the module will have to be retaken the following year with attendance and payment of fees. Mitigating circumstances cannot be claimed for missed classes; however Module Leaders will take account of absences that are a consequence of recorded disability or otherwise recorded as 'Authorised Absence' when applying the 75% threshold.

Modules required for interim awards

BS4004

Anatomy and Physiology(for Applied Biology)

Cert HE Biosciences

AS4003

Cell and Molecular Biology(for Applied Biology)

CH4002

Chemistry and Biochemistry(for Applied Biology)

AS4001

Laboratory Science (for Applied Biology)

AS5004

Metabolism and Microbiology

DipHE Biochemistry

AS5005

Molecules of Heredity and Defence

CH5007

Bioanalytical Science

CH5008

Organic Chemistry

AS6P01

Research Project(for Applied Biology)

BSc Hons Biochemistry

AS6056

Bioinformatics and Molecular Modelling

AS6005

Biochemical Pathology:

CH6009

Natural Products and Medicinal Chemistry

Professional Statutory and Regulatory Body (PSRB) accreditations & exemptions

On graduation, you'll be eligible to apply for Graduate or Associate Membership of the Royal Society of Biology, depending on your degree classification.

Career opportunities

You'll complete the course equipped for a career in medical and biological research, in hospital and public health laboratories or in the pharmaceutical, food, water and agricultural industries.

You'll also develop analytical, numerical and communication skills that are in demand in other careers such as accountancy, journalism, marketing and teaching.

Entry requirements

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • a minimum of grades CCC in three A levels in academic subjects (or a minimum of 96 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science with MMM)
  • English Language and Mathematics GCSE at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (or equivalent ie Key Skills Level 3)

Entry from appropriate Foundation/Access courses will also be considered.

If you don't have traditional qualifications or can't meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing the BSc Biochemistry Extended Degree.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Official use and codes

Approved to run from 2013/14 Specification version 1 Specification status Validated
Original validation date 24 Feb 2012 Last validation date 24 Feb 2012  
Sources of funding HE FUNDING COUNCIL FOR ENGLAND
JACS codes C720 (Biological Chemistry): 100%
Route code BIOCHE

Course Structure

Stage 1 Level 04 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
AS4001 Laboratory Science (for Applied Biology) Core 30        
AS4002 Chemistry and Biochemistry (for Applied Biology) Core 30        
AS4003 Cell and Molecular Biology (for Applied Biology) Core 30        
AS4004 Anatomy and Physiology (for Applied Biology) Core 30        

Stage 2 Level 05 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
BC5062 Fundamentals of Medicinal Chemistry Core 15 NORTH AUT FRI AM
BE5007 Bioanalytical Science for Biosciences Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR WED PM
BE5058 Metabolism Core 15 NORTH AUT WED AM
BE5059 Microbiology Core 15 NORTH SPR WED AM
BE5060 Molecular Biology Core 15 NORTH AUT THU AM
BE5061 Human Immunity Core 15 NORTH SPR THU AM
BC5K55 Ethics for Science Option 15 NORTH AUT THU PM
          NORTH SPR WED PM
BC6060 Infection Control Option 15 NORTH SPR WED PM
BC6W54 Work Placement Option 15 NORTH AUT NA  
          NORTH SPR NA  

Stage 3 Level 06 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
BC6059 Genomics Core 15 NORTH SPR FRI AM
BC6P01 Project Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR WED PM
BE6005 Biochemical Pathology Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR THU PM
BE6056 Bioinformatics & Molecular Modelling Core 15 NORTH AUT FRI PM
BE6062 Clinical Biochemistry Core 15 NORTH AUT MON AM
BC6052 Virology Option 15 NORTH SPR MON PM
BC6053 Applied Immunology Option 15 NORTH SPR MON PM
BE6063 Energy Metabolism & Endocrinology Option 15 NORTH SPR WED AM