Targeting Biochemical Knowledge To Medical Problems

Module code: MB2050

Module co-ordinator: Dr Chris Wilmott

Module Aims

The aim of this module is to provide an introduction to the application of biochemistry to medical problems.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module students should be able to:

  • Outline selected techniques, particularly those involving recombinant DNA technology and immunoassay, used in diagnosis and treatment of human disease
  • Give an overview of the process involved in the generation of a pharmaceutical product
  • Discuss molecular aspects of drug design and therapeutic protein production
  • Consider the potential impact of the human genome-sequencing project on the diagnosis and treatment of disease
  • Demonstrate understanding of the key features of an immune response, immune regulation and applications of immunological reagents
  • Discuss the key social, and ethical issues related to areas such as genetic screening, embryo research, animal experimentation and the production of pharmaceuticals
  • Work as a team to design and present a video
  • Critically review the information available on specific areas of biology/medicine and summarise current knowledge in a written report

Module Description

This module is only available to Medical Biochemistry students. There will be a short lecture programme introducing the background material relevant to the development of techniques and the application of biochemistry to modern medicine. Part of the module will be taught in discussion groups. Students will work in small groups to research specific bioethical issues, presenting their findings in the form of a video, and describing this work in an oral presentation. Individually, students will choose one specific area to research in more depth, presenting the results as a written report.


  • In course assessment (one hour paper): 40%
  • Continuous assessment: 60%, consisting of a report (30%) and video production and presentation (30%)

Note: There is no final examination for this module. It will be possible to re-sit the in-course assessment during the September examination period if necessary. However, note that there is no mechanism for a re-sit of continuously assessed work.

Prerequisite For

MB3001 - Biochemical Mechanisms of Human Disease.