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BIOC360 Research Perspectives in Biochemistry

Development of scientific ideas and application of the scientific method. Communicating science. Current research topics in Biochemistry.

Skills mastered at university are highly valued by employers and support life-long learning. To foster these, BIOC 360 emphasises how members of the scientific community read, think and write. Through discussions students will explore how we formulate and explore scientific ideas and the philosophical and ethical issues in science. Examples from Biochemistry lecturers' own investigations will illustrate how research is conducted. Presentations from policy-setters will give an overview of the New Zealand science environment. Assessment is largely internal and emphasises exercises in presenting scientific material.

Paper title Research Perspectives in Biochemistry
Paper code BIOC360
Subject Biochemistry
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,141.35
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Pre or Corequisite
Two of BIOC 351, BIOC 352, BIOC 353
Schedule C
Teaching staff

Associate Professor Sigurd Wilbanks,
Professor Iain Lamont

Textbooks are not required for this paper.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Environmental literacy, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
Upon successfully completing the paper, students will be able to
  • Articulate a broad understanding of contemporary biochemistry, molecular life sciences and related scientific fields
  • Appropriately communicate biochemical concepts to both specialist and general audiences
  • Understand the relationship between science and society
  • Evaluate the philosophical and ethical aspects of their activities as a scientist
  • Identify and critically evaluate relevant information
  • Work effectively both independently and as part of a team

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 10:00-10:50 28-34, 38, 40-41
D1 Thursday 10:00-10:50 28-34, 36-41
E1 Friday 10:00-10:50 29-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Tuesday 14:00-15:50 29-31, 33-34
A2 Tuesday 16:00-17:50 29-31, 33-34
A3 Friday 14:00-15:50 29-31, 33-34
A4 Friday 16:00-17:50 29-31, 33-34