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Unit information: Biophysics and Molecular Life Sciences I in 2015/16

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Unit name Biophysics and Molecular Life Sciences I
Unit code BIOCM0008
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Burston
Open unit status Open

Chemistry at A-level and a first degree either Physics, Chemistry, Biochemistry or an equivalent subject.


Biophysics and Molecular Life Sciences Unit II

School/department School of Biochemistry
Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences

Description including Unit Aims

The Unit consists of 20 lectures or workshops that cover a variety of topics concerning the quantitative study of biomolecules. Specifically, lectures will cover molecular structure determination, basic thermodynamics, proteomics, mass spectrometry, theoretical and practical aspects of ligand binding and biochemical kinetics. Teaching is supported by small group tutorials.

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of the Unit the students should be able to describe a variety of practical experimental techniques in biophysics and outline the underlying theory in each case. They should also be able to describe the applications of these techniques in the general area molecular life sciences.

Teaching Information


Assessment Information

90% of the unit marks are from a two hour exam paper consisting of essay and data handling questions. 10% of the unit marks are from a literature comprehension exercise.

Reading and References

Selected relevant research papers.