BIOC40220 Hot topics in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Academic Year 2024/2025

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

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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.

4. Investigate an aspect of the sociology of science through either: a) an interview with a scientist; b) a survey; or c) a personal video.

Indicative Module Content:

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(Including Essay): Individual Written Article n/a Graded No


Group Work Assignment: Team Presentation n/a Graded No


Assignment(Including Essay): Scientific Paper Analysis 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

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Name Role
Dr Jennifer Mitchell Lecturer / Co-Lecturer