Biochemistry Lab
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleNWI-MOL129
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryPB (Propaedeutic)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Science; Moleculaire Wetenschappen;
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dr. T.G. Bloemberg
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dr. W.C. Boelens
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Contactperson for the course
dr. W.C. Boelens
Other course modules lecturer
dr. W.C. Boelens
Other course modules lecturer
dr. W.C. Boelens
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2020
KW2  (02/11/2020 to 24/01/2021)
Starting block
Course mode
RemarksFor MLS students
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesYes
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
After this project you are able to:
  • correctly apply various biochemical and analytical techniques and properly record the obtained results in a laboratory notebook
  • correctly interpret the results and clearly summarize it in a written report and present it orally to an interested audience
  • create an efficient planning for the implementation of an experiment so that it can be successfully completed within the available time
  • seek relevant information from scientific sources and refer to it in accordance with the defined standards
  • cooperate in a good way with other group members to obtain an efficient approach and distribution of tasks within the group
  • reflect in a proper way on how you function within the group
  • During this project biochemical experiments will be carried out that relate to: the function of cells, cell organelles, proteins (enzymes), DNA and RNA
  • The project covers several experimental techniques, such as microscopy, centrifugation, UV-VIS spectroscopy, chromatography (protein separation) and gel electrophoresis
  • The project will start with a library module, during which the use of various information sources for finding scientific data will be discussed
  • The experiments will be performed in couples, who need to work closely together during the project
Instructional Modes

Presumed foreknowledge
Biochemistry (NWI-MOL008A). Knowledge of biology at high school level is desirable. This is a course in the theme 'Lab and research skills'.
Test information
The final assessment takes place on account of theoretical and practical preparation, displayed skills and collaboration with other group members, the quality of registration and interpretation of the acquired experimental data in the lab notebook and report and how well it is presented during the final presentations (poster and oral presentation).
In the case of not being able to attend one or more practical courses/lab days due to corona measures, the course coordinator will decide if the student is obligated to re-take the missed meeting and how this will take place.
Required materials
Course guide
Manual project Biochemistry. This manual must be purchased at least 5 working days before the start of the course via https://fnwi.ru-bestel.nl/
Title:Biochemistry Project Manual (NWI-MOL010)
Author:W. Boelens
Publisher:Faculty of Science
Nelson & Cox, Lehninger Principles of Biochemistry, 7th ed., Macmillan (febr. 2017)
Title:Lehninger Principles of Biochemistry
Author:David L. Nelson and Michael M. Cox
Publisher:Macmillan Higher Education
Study and communication skills for the chemical sciences
Title:Study and communication skills for the chemical sciences
Author:T. Overton, S. Johnson, J. Scott
Publisher:Oxford University press

Instructional modes
Lab course
Attendance MandatoryYes

Preparation of meetings

Contribution to group work

Experimental skills
Test weight7
Test typeLab course
OpportunitiesBlock KW2

Individual contribution
Test weight1
Test typeParticipation
OpportunitiesBlock KW2

Test weight2
Test typePresentation
OpportunitiesBlock KW2