Biology Online Module Handbook

BL3322 Basic Biochemistry Laboratory

(BL3322 online module handbook version 23)

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This module aims to provide students with the basic skills for independent laboratory work and an opportunity to develop academic skills such as: the design of experiments; logistic planning; the gathering and assessment of data; and the presentation of results. In addition, transferable skills such as group work, working to deadlines, numeracy, critical reading of peer-reviewed literature, and presenting material (oral and written) will be developed. Importantly, the course will also be an opportunity to meet and work with others in the honours cohort. The practical element will emphasise techniques in protein biochemistry.*

Credits: 10*

Semester: 1

Module Organiser
Dr Rafael Guimaraes da Silva
rgds@st-andrews.ac.uk
01334 463496
Pre-requisite Modules:
Before taking this module you must pass BL2301 or pass BL2302 or pass BL2306*
Anti-requisite Modules:
You cannot take this module if you take BL3000 or take PN3321*
Post-requisite Modules:
*
Additional Module Information:
Please check MMS regularly for additional module information


Biology Teaching Office:
The Biology Hive, New Technology Centre, University of St Andrews, North Haugh, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9SR

Email: bioteach@st-andrews.ac.uk      Tel: 01334  463602

BL3322: Timetable

No details are currently available for BL3322 Timetable

Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
* University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

BL3322: Assessment

1-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%*

(MMS assessment data cached: 13 November 2018 23:20:10.)


The following related information applies to all Biology modules:

School of Biology Marking Criteria: See School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook
Late submission of continuous assessment work:

All late submissions of coursework that do not require electronic submission should be made via the late submissions box in the Biomolecular Science Building (beside the Teaching Office)
Exam details: See School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook
Exam timetable: see http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/students/academic/examinations/examtimetablescurrent/
Expected attendance: See School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook for detailed attendance requirements.
Good Academic Practice & Avoiding Academic Misconduct: See School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook
University Student Handbook: University Student Handbook
School and University regulations in the School and University Undergraduate Handbook relating to absence reporting, penalties and rules for late submission of work, extensions for coursework, return of coursework, S-coding, good academic practice and Academic Alerts.: School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook University Student Handbook
Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
* University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

Who to ask

(Information in this section applies to all Biology Modules)

Questions about different aspects of the module should be directed to different people:

Questions about Contact
General teaching matters Biology Teaching Office ( bioteach@st-andrews.ac.uk )
Rescheduled or cancelled events Check your University email
Lecture or practical content The lecturer who presented the material
Completing assessed practical assignments The lecturer who set the assignment
Completing assessments Module Organiser (Dr Rafael Guimaraes da Silva rgds@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Marking on continuous assessment The Demonstrator or Module Organiser (Dr Rafael Guimaraes da Silva rgds@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Marking on exams Module Organiser (Dr Rafael Guimaraes da Silva rgds@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Rearranging practical days Grant Brown
Absence and/or extensions Module Organiser (Dr Rafael Guimaraes da Silva rgds@st-andrews.ac.uk) and the Biology Teaching Office ( bioteach@st-andrews.ac.uk )

Difficulties with academic progress which impact more than one module:

Year Coordinator

See School of Biology Undergraduate student handbook for list: http://biology.st-andrews.ac.uk/documents/UndergraduateHandbook.pdf

Overall performance, progress or future directions:

Advisor of Studies

Disability:

Disability Coordinator (Dr Jacqueline Nairn jn37@st-andrews.ac.uk)

Biology Teaching Office:

The Biology Hive, New Technology Centre, University of St Andrews, North Haugh, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9SR

Email: bioteach@st-andrews.ac.uk

Tel: 01334 463602

BL3322: Contributing Staff

Dr Rafael Guimaraes da Silva

Dr Rafael Guimaraes da Silva
(Module Organiser)

Research Fellowrgds@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Catherine AdamsonDr Catherine AdamsonLecturer in Molecular Medicinecsa21@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Magnus AlpheyX-Ray Facility Managermsa31@st-andrews.ac.uk
Ms Frances EntwistleMs Frances EntwistlePostgraduate Student and traineefe9@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Helder FerreiraDr Helder FerreiraLecturerhcf2@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Rafael Guimaraes da SilvaDr Rafael Guimaraes da Silva
(Module Organiser)
Research Fellowrgds@st-andrews.ac.uk
Mrs Penny HoodTeaching Technicianpah21@st-andrews.ac.uk
 Donna Pierz-Fennell Donna Pierz-FennellSchool Managerdp61@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Rona RamsayDr Rona RamsayReaderrrr@st-andrews.ac.uk
Miss Catherine ThomsonMiss Catherine ThomsonPostgraduate Studentcmt42@st-andrews.ac.uk
Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
* University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

BL3322: Learning Outcomes

Students completing module BL3322 successfully should be able to:

  • Apply good working practices in the laboratory, including an awareness of issues relating to safety
  • Be confident in performing experiments
  • Acquire, organise and analyse data appropriately
  • Carry out standard biochemical techniques including spectrophotometric assays, chromatography, SDS-PAGE, Western blotting.
  • Record experiments in a lab-book
  • Read scientific literature critically
  • Have basic knowledge of how the NHS clinical laboratory works
  • Apply good working practices in the laboratory, including an awareness of issues relating to safety
Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
* University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

BL3322: Acquired Skills

Practical Skills

  • Biomolecule isolation/characterisation
  • Buffers
  • Chromatography
  • Enzyme assay
  • Kinetic data analysis
  • Pipetting
  • Protein characterisation
  • Protein purification
  • Protein quantitation
  • SDS PAGE
  • Western Blot

Transferable Skills

  • Short group presentation on given topic (up to 15 min)
  • Handout (for presentation or poster)
  • Summary
  • Critically evaluating sources/information
  • Finding literature
  • Lab safety awareness
  • Problem-solving questions
  • Calculations/equations
  • Concentrations
  • Data presentation
  • Descriptive statistics
  • Dilutions
  • Draw a line of best fit
  • Linear regression
  • Non-linear fit
  • Produce graphs/figures
  • Produce tables
  • SI units
  • Use Excel
  • Volumes
  • Lab or field notebook
  • Critiquing experimental design
  • Designing experiments
  • Working in pairs/small groups
Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
* University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

Policies

(Information in this section applies to all Biology Modules)