- Student Records
Programme & Unit Catalogues

Department of Biology & Biochemistry, Unit Catalogue 2011/12

BB20015: Biochemical problems & bioinformatics

Click here for further information Credits: 6
Click here for further information Level: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Click here for further information Period: Semester 2
Click here for further information Assessment: CW 100%
Click here for further information Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Click here for further information Requisites: Before taking this unit you must take BB20018 and take BB20020 and in taking this unit you cannot take BB20096
Click here for further information Description: Aims:
To develop students' abilities to assimilate compilations of experimental data and to draw valid conclusions from them. To introduce protein and nucleotide databases and their use.

Learning Outcomes:
After taking the course, the student should be able to:
* study a collection of biochemical observations, such as the Results Section of a publication or simply a series of related observations compiled specifically for the exercise, and assess their significance. Indications of this ability could be, eg answering particular questions or writing the Discussion section of a paper. It is especially important that the student learns to draw only such conclusions as are fully justified by the data.
* use database search tools to explore nucleotide and protein data for relevant information.
* demonstrate in an exam a knowledge of core areas of biochemistry covered by the Biochemistry programme.

Learning & studying T/F/A, Written communication T/F/A, Numeracy & computation T/F/A, Problem solving T/F/A.

Several members of academic staff will participate in the Course, each providing a particular data interpretation problem. This will be handed out and explained to the class, who will then have a short period of time to provide written answers. These will be marked and returned. Also sessions on bioinformatics and database searching. There will be a briefing on expected core knowledge and an in-class test of this knowledge.
Click here for further informationProgramme availability:

BB20015 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Biology & Biochemistry
  • USBB-AFB02 : BSc (hons) Biochemistry (Full-time) - Year 2
  • USBB-AKB06 : BSc (hons) Biochemistry with Professional Placement (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 2

NB. Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.