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BB40085: Medical biochemistry

[Page last updated: 04 August 2021]

Academic Year: 2021/2
Owning Department/School: Department of Biology & Biochemistry
Credits: 6 [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 120
Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Semester 2
Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (CW 100%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Re-assessment Essay (where allowed by programme regulations)
Requisites: In taking this module you cannot take BB40102 OR take BB40118 OR take BB40124 In taking this module you cannot take BB40102 OR take BB40118 OR take BB40124
Before taking this module you must take BB10004 or you must have taken suitable degree units from another University.
Aims: To generate an understanding of the extent to which Biochemical knowledge influences current clinical practice and therapeutic approaches.

Learning Outcomes: After taking this course the student should be able to:
* explain the increasing contribution of biochemical science to the understanding and treatment of disease;
* explain the areas of biochemical research that are most relevant to clinical medicine.

Skills: Learning and studying T/F/A, Written communication T/F/A, Oral communication T/F/A, Information handling & retrieval T/F/A, Working independently T/F/A.

Content: Students will prepare and present a 30 min talk on a particular area of clinical biochemistry, chosen, in general, from a list provided by the unit convenor. The talks will be followed by general discussion. Contributions of students to both their own talk and discussion of others will be assessed.

Programme availability:

BB40085 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Biology & Biochemistry
  • USBB-AFB02 : BSc(Hons) Biochemistry (Year 3)
  • USBB-AKB06 : BSc(Hons) Biochemistry with Professional Placement (Year 4)
  • UXXX-AFB11 : BSc(Hons) Biomedical Sciences (Year 3)
  • UXXX-AKB11 : BSc(Hons) Biomedical Sciences with Professional Placement (Year 4)
  • USBB-AKB08 : BSc(Hons) Molecular and Cellular Biology with Professional Placement (Year 4)


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