BCHM381-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021

Biochemical Techniques

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 July 2021
End Date: Sunday, 14 November 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 1 August 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 1 October 2021


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 goals of this course are to introduce and discuss the methodology and principles involved in current biochemical research, to develop skills in the analysis of current biochemical data and in the communication of biochemical issues.
The course will give you experience in the design and execution of a research project, how to construct a scientific hypothesis, and how to test it. During the course you will generate data and analyse what it means, particularly in the context of published work.
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.

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
 Proficiency in the capability to read and critically interpret published research.
 The ability to analyse and critically interpret experimental data, and to present experimental results in the context of published work.
 Skills in the verbal and written presentation of scientific ideas.
 Experience in the design and execution of a research project, how to construct a scientific hypothesis, and how to test it.

Transferable Skills Register | Pūkenga Ngaio
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

Timetable 2021

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Computer Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 14:00 - 16:00 Rehua 008 Computer Lab
27 Sep - 24 Oct
Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 14:00 - 18:00 West 543 (23/7-27/8, 17/9-24/9)
Ernest Rutherford 412 Chemistry Lab (1/10-22/10)
19 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 14:00 - 16:00 Psychology - Sociology 252 Lecture Theatre
19 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 26 Sep


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Project 1 12% Lipoprotein purification and analysis (labs in weeks 1 & 2)
Project 2 18% Measurement of glucose (labs in weeks 3 & 4)
Project 3 35% Characterisation of GFP variants (labs in weeks 5-8)
Project 4 35% PNPase kinetics (labs in weeks 9-12)

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $910.00

International fee $4,438.00

* 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

  • BCHM381-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021