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Unit information: Biophysics and Molecular Life Sciences I in 2014/15

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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


The Unit consists of 20 lectures that cover a variety of topics concerning the quantitative study of biomolecules. The Unit begins with a series of lectures that introduce the general area of research for the non-specialist. The remaining lectures will cover the isolation, molecular structure determination and basic mechanistic characterisation of biomolecules using a variety of biophysical techniques. Teaching will be supported by tutorials given as part of the Core Skills Unit.

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 details


Assessment Details

Online formative MCQ assessment during the unit plus a 2 hour summative assessment of data analysis questions and short answer questions.

Reading and References

Selected relevant research papers.