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Last modified: 25 May 2018 11:16

Course Overview

  •  this course module presents an advanced in-depth description of studies on the biochemistry of selected human diseases; 
  • the lectures will present fundamental information on human diseases to understand the molecular basis of the disease along with models describing disease progression; 
  • based on this biochemical understanding of disease progression practical applications in healthcare will be discussed where appropriate; 
  • the course will prepare you with the abilities to understand the biochemical complexities of human disease.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Berndt Mueller

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Programme Level 4

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • One of Intercalating (Studied) or MB3005 The Molecular Biology of the Cell (Passed) or MB3006 The Molecular Biology of the Cell (Passed)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Course Aims: The aim of this course is to provide an in-depth understanding of selected aspects in Biochemistry. Main Learning Outcomes: Students will gain up-to-date knowledge and understanding of biochemical processes causing human disease. Students will get a better understanding of the scientific process by critically engaging with primary research literature. Subject-specific knowledge will be enhanced by independent research and a tutorial. Content: The course will cover disease-causing processes including events leading to cancer. This is complemented by tutorials that introduce other topical aspects in biochemistry.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • BSc Biochemistry
  • BSc Biochemistry (Biobusiness)
  • BSc Biochemistry (Intercalating)
  • BSc Biomedical Sciences (Molecular Biol)
  • BSc Biotechnology (Applied Molecular Bio)
  • BSc Molecular Biology
  • BSc Molecular Biology (Biobusiness)
  • BSc Molecular Biology (Intercalating)
  • BSc in Biomedical Sciences in Molecular Biology (Intercal'g)
  • BSc in Biotechnology (Applied Molecular Bio) (Intercalating)
  • BSc in Biotechnology (Applied Molecular Biology & Biobusines
  • Bsc In Biomedical Sciences (Molecular & Biobusiness)
  • MSci Biochemistry (Biobusiness) with Ind Plt
  • MSci Biochemistry with Industrial Placement
  • MSci Biotechnology (Ap Mol Bio & Biobusiness) with Ind'l P'mnt
  • MSci Molecular Biology with Indust Placem
  • MSci in Biomedical Science (Molecular Biol) with Ind Plac't
  • MSci in Biotechnology(Appd Molecular Bio) with Ind Placement
  • MSci in Molecular Biology (Biobusiness) with Industri Placem
  • Msci In Biomedical Sciences (Molecular Bio& Biobus) With Ip

Contact Teaching Time

19 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


1st Attempt: One 2-hour written paper (70%) and in-course assessment consisting of one 2000 word essay (30%). Resit: One 3-hour written paper (75%) and previous in-course assessment consisting of one 2000 word essay (25%).

Formative Assessment

- Mock exam with tutor allows students to practice for essay based exams and receive feedback on their performance. - Practice exam questions on MyAberdeen - Problem-solving sessions with tutor - Essay preparation with tutor


- Essays will be marked with written comments. - Tutorial sessions will provide feedback on course content. - Comments will be provided on the mock exam question.

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