Postgraduate Course: Practical Skills in Biochemistry B (PGBI11099)
|School||School of Biological Sciences
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||The programme provides thorough training and hands-on experience in enhanced practical skills required for employment as a biochemical scientist. The course will cover a range of techniques from recombinant protein overexpression and purification, followed by activity assays and biophysical characterisation.
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 30,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Three in-course assessments:
Practical skills and laboratory books are assessed weekly (20 %)
Design of an experimental strategy for biophysical and activity characterisation of purified protein (30 %)
A report, in the form, of a paper, of all experiments performed (50 %)
||Students will receive individual verbal feedback weekly on their skills and lab books during the laboratory sessions. Individual written feedback will be provided on each of the two written assessments within 15 working days of the submission deadline.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Apply a range of chromatographic techniques to purify and assess proteins
- Design, implement and analyse a straightforward enzyme assay
- Identify the techniques required and design an appropriate strategy for the biophysical characterisation of a biomolecule; and apply, or be able to explain the advantages and limitations of, a range of these methods.
- Describe how and why differences in experimental conditions, or available equipment, will influence the experimental strategy and outcome
- Understand the requirements for writing a publication-quality research paper
|Practical Skills in Biomolecular Sciences by R. Reed et al, Pearson Education. |
Protein Purification Techniques: A Practical Approach by S. Roe, Oxford University Press.
Biophysical Techniques by I.D. Campbell, Oxford University Press.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Confidence in laboratory environment
Appreciation of health and safety responsibilities
|Course organiser||Dr Janice Bramham
Tel: (0131 6)50 4786
|Course secretary||Ms Andrea Nichol
Tel: (0131 6)50 8643