BIOC40220 Hot topics in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Academic Year 2021/2022

In this module Stage 4 students will focus on emerging ‘hot topics’ in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, through evaluation of scientific papers, group presentation and discussion, and the preparation of a lay summary.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

1. Critically evaluate topical high impact scientific papers.

2. Work as part of a team to assess scientific papers, and to present and defend your findings to a peer group of other students.

3. Prepare written and visual presentation of your summary and assessment suitable for lay and non-specialist scientific audiences.

Indicative Module Content:

Students will participate in teams to evaluate and present the findings of a research paper, and answer questions put by other teams.
Individual students will also prepare a 'News and Views' style article summarizing the state of their hot topic for a non-specialist but scientific audience.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Small Group


Seminar (or Webinar)


Specified Learning Activities




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:

Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Recommendations:

BIOC40080 Biochemical Research Strategies and Problem Solving

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Oral Presentations (30%)
Written Presentation (70%)
Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Not yet recorded.

Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 24, 25, 28 Thurs 12:00 - 12:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 23, 24, 25, 28 Tues 11:00 - 11:50