Life Sciences

Research Methods in Biochemistry

Module code: C7011
Level 4
15 credits in spring teaching
Teaching method: Post-lab, Laboratory, Lecture
Assessment modes: Coursework, Unseen examination

The aim of this module is to give students a deeper understanding of important techniques which underlie modern biochemistry.

These include methods for separation and purification, such as centrifugation, column chromatography; methods for detecting and measuring molecules, such as gel electrophoresis and scintillation counting, and methods for studying molecules, such as spectroscopy including NMR, redox potential measurement, crystallography and mass spectrometry.

Theory in lectures is closely linked to practical classes and computer simulations.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of a range of basic separation methods used in biochemistry
  • Show competency in writing laboratory reports
  • Demonstrate mathematical ability in handling of biochemical data and calculations
  • Show an understanding of a range of analytical methods used in biochemistry