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Undergraduate Course: Biochemistry Tutorials and Synoptic Exam (BICH10014)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Biological Sciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummarySmall group tutorials and whole group seminars covering all aspects of Honours Biochemistry, with particular emphasis on paper analysis, and developing and applying data interpretation, problem solving and presentation skills. Culminates in the Synoptic exam in Semester 2 exam diet, which is an analysis of a current research paper.
Course description Small group tutorials and whole class presentations are an integral part of the Biochemistry Honours programme. The focus of both components is the critical analysis and interpretation of research papers. In small (3-6 students/tutor) tutorial groups you will review and discuss in detail past exam papers, copies of which are available on the library's web site. In class seminars, students will present and discuss current research papers orally.

Tutorials and seminars also provide tailored support for specific aspects of the programme. Tutorials are student-led and your group is encouraged to suggest topics for meetings with your tutor; for example you may wish to explore a topic in greater depth, or to have clarification of a particularly difficult concept. A discussion group on Learn will allow groups to share their tutorial topics, and any related material, with other students in the class.

In the seminars, each student presents twice in the year, and will receive written feedback on their presentation skills from both staff and peers.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 28, Fieldwork Hours 16, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 3, Summative Assessment Hours 4, Other Study Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 135 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 100 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Exam
Feedback Written formative feedback on oral presentations from both staff and peers.
Formative feedback from tutor during small group discussions.
Mock Synoptic Exam mid semester 2.
General class feedback on synoptic exam answers.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)4:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate and apply holistic biochemical knowledge to understand biological processes.
  2. Read, interpret and critically assess scientific papers
  3. Solve problems, interpret data and perform numerical or quantitative data handling
  4. Précis or summarise a scientific study in writing
  5. Present and discuss a scientific study orally
Reading List
Walker and Walker¿s Principles and Techniques of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (8th Edition, 2018), edited by Hofmann and Clokie. (ISBN: 978-1-316-61476-1, Murray Library Shelfmark QP519.7 Pri.)
Biophysical Techniques by Iain Campbell (OUP; e-book available via MyEd)
Molecular Biology of Assemblies and Machines by Steven, Baumeister, Johnson and Perham (Garland Science, available in the Murray Library)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Critical analysis and interpretation of a scientific study
Oral presentation skills
Summary writing skills
Problem solving
Data interpretation
Working in small groups
Quantitative analysis
Additional Class Delivery Information 10 Seminars - 2 hours fortnightly
10 Small group tutorials - 1.5 hours fortnightly
KeywordsData interpretation,paper analysis,problem solving,summary writing,oral presentation,Biochemistry
Course organiserDr Julia Richardson
Tel: (0131 6)50 7052
Course secretaryMs Louise Robertson
Tel: (0131 6)50 5988
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