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BS348 - Structural Molecular Biology

  • Module code: BS348
  • Module name: Structural Molecular Biology
  • Department: School of Life Sciences
  • Credit: 12

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

To provide final year Biochemistry and Biology students with an understanding of modern approaches to the study of biological macromolecules, building on their first and second year courses dealing with biophysical techniques and protein structure (primarily BS125 and BS244). Particular emphasis will be given to how structural techniques have been used to elucidate fundamental aspects and problems in biology.

Principal learning outcomes

It is becoming ever more apparent that to completely understand a protein’s biological mechanism, three-dimensional structural information is essential. From this course, aimed at correlating structure to biological properties of macromolecules, students should understand how this information is obtained. From the first they should learn basic concepts and practical techniques used in analysing and understanding, the structure-function relationships of proteins and nucleic acids. These techniques augment and build upon those acquired during the preceding course BS353.

Timetabled teaching activities

Term 2, Weeks 11-18

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
12 CATS (Module code: BS348-12)
B (Examination only) Examination - April 100%
locally Adminstered Exam 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

  • Undergraduate Biochemistry (MBio) (C1A2) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Biochemistry (C700) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Biochemistry (with Intercalated Year) (C701) - Year 4
  • MChem Chemical Biology (FC11) - Year 3
Optional Core


  • Undergraduate Biomedical Chemistry (BF91) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Chemical Biology MChem with Intercalated Year (F1C1) - Year 5