Biochemistry 2

Module summary

Module code: BIOC1035
Level: 4
Credits: 15
School: Engineering and Science
Department: Science
Module Coordinator(s): Lauren Pecorino



This module aims to familiarise students with key principles relating to genetics and the application of molecular techniques to research.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:
1. Discuss the mechanisms and control of DNA replication, transcription, and protein synthesis;
2. Understand the regulation of gene expression.
3. Explain the application of specific molecular techniques to research.

Indicative content

Relationship of the structure of the DNA double helix to function.
Mechanisms of DNA replication, transcription, and translation including the role of transcription factors and enzymes in these processes.
The genetic code and gene expression.
Mutations. Introduction to genetic engineering, plasmids, cloning vectors, cDNA libraries, PCR.

Teaching and learning activity

The module will be delivered largely through lectures and tutorials (approximately 2:1). Development of group working and presentational skills will also take place in the tutorials. Underlying principles will be explained in the lectures, while the tutorials will establish the understanding of these principles.


Poster Presentation - 50% weighting, 40% pass mark.
Learning outcome 3.
Outline Details - Molecular Biology technique from a published paper.

Exam - 50% weighting, 40% pass mark.
Learning outcomes 1 & 2,
Outline Details - 1.5 hour closed book exam.

Formative Assessment - Quizzes using tools such as Mentimeter and PowerPoint.