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Information for current students
Academic Year 2021/22
The Biochemistry staff are planning the delivery of lectures and practicals based on current advice from the Department of Further and Higher Education, Innovation and Science. Lecture halls with greater than 100 capacity will be working at a reduced capacity of 80%. Practical labs will be working on a capacity of 50%. Students will be allocated to lectures and practicals by module coordinators. The allocations will be announced through Blackboard. Please check the overview by year group for more detail about your course outlined further below on this page.
The academic year runs from September to May. Full time students are expected to attend all lectures, practical labs and other teaching activities during this time. Calendars for all years are available from the official NUI Galway Academic Dates page.
Blackboard Learning Platform
The activities of all Biochemistry modules are managed via the NUI Galway Blackboard learning management web server. This is the official source of details about your module requirements, timetables and arrangements as well as lecture notes and other useful information. Blackboard access to modules is automatically enabled when you complete registration. Please see the ISS Blackboard page for support.
Experiencing difficulties and LENS reports
Students who are facing personal or academic issues are encouraged to speak to a member of academic staff. Supports are available to assist with academic difficulties and staff can assist students to access the support services at NUIG. Students who have missed course material through medical or personal reasons are requested to submit Absence forms (available on Blackboard) to the Biochemistry Administrator.
Students with LENS reports should submit them to the Biochemsitry administrator at the beginning of the year to ensure that the supports are put in place to asssist them. Please contact the Disability office if you need to apply for a LENS assessment.
Overview by Year
First Year Biology
First year students wishing to complete a BSc in Biochemistry must follow the standard first year course with Biology, which includes a substantial component of Biochemistry. They must also pass Chemistry and Physics to enter second year Biochemistry. Further information can be found here.
Second Year Biochemistry
Second year Biochemistry comprises the core BO201 Molecular Cell Biology module as well as BI208 Protein Structure Function in semester 1, followed by BI206 Gene Technology and Molecular Medicine and BI207 Metabolism and Cell Signalling in semester 2.
Introductory lectures for BO201 (Molecular and Cellular Biology) & BI208 (Protein Structure and Function) will be held at 11am on Monday 6th September 2021. Please check Blackboard for the details of how to attend.
Detailed information on the introduction lecture, modules and course co-ordinators is available here.
Third Year Biochemistry
Third year Biochemistry comprises the core modules BI309 Cell Biology and BI319 Molecular Biology in semester 1, followed by BI321 Protein Biochemistry and BI313 Cell Signalling in semester 2. In addition students must take either BI318 Human Nutrition or BO3101 Developmental Biology in semester 1, and BI317 Human Molecular Genetics in semester 2.
An introduction lecture to BI309 and BI319 will be held at 12 noon Tuesday the 7th of September 2021 in the G019 (Human Biology Building). Please check Blackboard for details on how to attend.
An Introduction lecture to BI318 will be held at 10am Monday the 6th of September 2021. Please check Blackboard for details on how to attend.
An Introduction lecture on BO3101 will be held in person at 5pm Monday the 6th of September 2021 venue in MRA201 Ryan Institute lecture hall in the MRI Annex. Please check Blackboard for details on how to attend.
Detailed information on modules and course co-ordinators is available here and on Blackboard.
Fourth Year Biochemistry
An introduction lecture to Fourht year Biochemistry will be held at 11am Monday the 6th of September 2021 in the McMunn theatre. Please check Blackboard module B1401 for announcements from the Year coordinator Prof Uri Frank.
Fourth year Biochemistry comprises a semester-long individual Research Project (BI453) and a Literature Review (BI449), as well as research skills modules including BI446 Current Topics in Bioscience, BI451 Research Paper Analysis and BI452 Biochemistry Principles & Experimental Design. Lecture modules include BI445 Biomolecules, BI448 Modern Biotechnologies, BI449 Molecular and Cellular Biology and BI429 Advanced Chromosome Biology.
Detailed information on the modules and course co-ordinators is available here.