BCHM381-20S2 (C) Semester Two 2020

Biochemical Techniques

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 13 July 2020
End Date: Sunday, 8 November 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 24 July 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 25 September 2020


Biochemical experiments and analysis such as transport kinetics, DNA sequence analysis and manipulation, lipid isolation and characterisation. Safety, bioethical and library elements will be integrated into the coursework.

The general aim of the course is to give you experience in the design and execution of a research project, how to construct a scientific hypothesis, and how to test it.

This course is recommended to complement BCHM 301 and BCHM 302, and for all those interested in learning about modern experimental techniques in Biochemistry. BCHM381 is required for a BCHM Hons or MSc degree.

The main part of this course is a mini-research project, in which students will work on a project supervised by a member of the biochemistry teaching staff. You may work on the project at any times that are mutually agreeable to you and your supervisor, provided that the total amount of research is equivalent to 30 hours. More details of research projects will be available in the first week of the course.

Learning Outcomes

As a student in this course, I will develop:
 Knowledge in some modern techniques in biochemistry, such as would be used in modern research laboratories (assessment tasks: formal labs, research project)
 Proficiency in the capability to read and critically interpret published research (assessment tasks: data analysis exercises, research project).
 The ability to analyse and critically interpret experimental data, and to present experimental results in the context of published work (assessment tasks: formal labs, data analysis exercises, research project).
 Skills in the verbal and written presentation of scientific ideas (assessment tasks: lab reports, research project, research presentation).
 Experience in the design and execution of a research project, how to construct a scientific hypothesis, and how to test it (assessment task: research project).

Transferable Skills Register
As a student in this course, I will develop the following skills:
 Analysis of biochemical data. There will also be the opportunity to gain experience in carrying out some of these experiments and using the equipment.
 Scientific writing. Scientists need to be able to share their results with other scientists. This is often in the form of manuscripts that are submitted to journals, and undergo peer review, in which other scientists judge the rigour of the science presented.
 Critical synthesis of information. In everyday life and in many job situations you will be required to read information from different sources, construct your own understanding and shape your own viewpoint. In order to provide a context for your own research, you need to be able to find out what other research has been done in the field.
 Presentation of research. In most careers in science the ability to present findings clearly in verbal form is likely to be critical. Clear written and oral communication is essential for most professional careers.


BCHM201 (if taken prior to 2005) or BCHM281 or CHEM281

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Grant Pearce


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Data analysis exercise 12% Week 3
Outline/review 10% Week 5/6
Peer review 2% Week 6
Lab 1 10% Week 1
Lab 2 10% Week 2
Presentation 5% Week 12
Project 45% Weeks 7-11
Skills test 6% Week 4

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $900.00

International fee $4,250.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Biological Sciences .

All BCHM381 Occurrences

  • BCHM381-20S2 (C) Semester Two 2020