Bioanalytical Techniques

Module summary

Module code: BIOC1025
Level: 5
Credits: 15
School: Engineering and Science
Department: Science
Module Coordinator(s): Nazanin Zand



• To provide students with the relevant tools to plan and carry out investigations in an appropriate manner.
• To gain an understanding of principles behind a range of analytical techniques, and to be able to apply them in the relevant specialised field of investigation and the consequent data interpretation.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:
1. Demonstrate an in-depth appreciation of the theoretical aspects of biological analysis
2. Discuss the principles involved in undertaking standard sample preparation procedures, and recognise the critical importance of rigorous instrumental calibration procedures and the use of standards and reference materials
3. Select the appropriate methodology and instrumental technique relevant to a particular task
4. Competently carry out a range of biological techniques
5. Critically appraise the techniques and methods adopted by scientific researchers.

Indicative content

Basic spectroscopic and chromatographic techniques
Applications of chromatography and spectroscopic techniques in bioscience research and development
Immunoassays: Radioimmunoassa (RIA) and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA)
Electrophoresis/Capillary Electrophoresis
Polymerase chain reaction (PCR)
Electron Microscopy: a tool for investigation
Cell Analysis: Coulter principle and Flow Cytometry
Robotics and Automation
Point of Care Testing.

Teaching and learning activity

The module will be taught largely through lectures and laboratory-based work. The principles will be explained in the lectures, and the laboratory work will make practical use of the principles. Development of group working and presentational skills will also take place in the laboratory work.

The extensive practical programme of study will vary in style according to the particular part of the Indicative Content being supported.


Practical Report: 50% weighting, 40% pass mark.
Learning Outcomes: 4.
Word Length: 1500 words.
Outline Details: Practical of Choice.

Exam: 50% weighting, 40% pass mark.
Learning Outcomes: 1 - 5.
Duration: 1.5 hours.
Outline Details: Unseen closed book exam.

Formative Assessment: Past paper exam paper and answer.