Biochemistry Courses for Medical, Dental and Life Science Students

The teaching programmes of the Biochemistry Department embody a fundamental approach to the chemistry of life and convey the strongly unifying contribution of molecular biology to other scientific disciplines. We teach students in four undergraduate years, in both the Natural Sciences and the Medical & Dental Sciences. Courses in the Faculty of Medicine increasingly flow across departmental boundaries, where there is scientific common ground, in terms of personnel and planning.

Undergraduate Medical Course

Medical Phase 1 (MD1140)

The track extends over the two semesters of the first year. It aims to introduce students to the basics needed to appreciate current thinking on the biochemical and molecular bases of human disease, as well as the biochemical basis of clinical investigations. Independent learning as a supplement to lectures is actively encouraged. Major topics include the structure and function of cells and tissues, energy production and utilisation, detoxification, cell and molecular biology, biochemical genetics and molecular medicine. These aspects are integrated with the teaching in the other two tracks.

Department Program Director: Dr Kenneth Ban
Contact number: +65 6516 3246

Department Deputy Program Director: A/P Theresa TAN
Contact number: +65 6516 3685

Administrative Staff: Ms Dee Pham
Contact number: +65 6516 3240

Undergraduate Dentistry Course

Biochemistry DY1/MD1120A

Biochemistry DY1/MD1120A is taught in semester I and is compulsory for all first year dental students in the Faculty of Dentistry. Course detail is available in the IVLE.

Coordinator: Dr. Long Yun Chau
Contact number: +65 66012084

Administrative Staff: Ms Dee Pham
Contact number: +65 6516 3240

Undergraduate Life Sciences

Program Structure & Curriculum Rationale

The Life Sciences Major curriculum is broad-based and integrated while at the same time streamlined. The coursework incorporates all the modern Life Sciences topics and bench work skills are taught in dedicated, state-of-the-art teaching laboratories.

Broad-Based Core Curriculum

The curriculum is structured to provide a common, broad-based foundation in the first two levels, Levels 1000 and 2000. Students study topics in Molecular, Cellular and Organismal Biology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Physiology and Ecology as well as Physical, Analytical and Organic Chemistry, Biostatistics and Bioinformatics. This is a reflection of the multidisciplinary nature of modern Life Sciences.

Core Skills

In addition to imparting fundamental concepts and principles in Life Sciences through lectures, tutorials, discussions, presentations and independent studies, the curriculum has a significant practical component that trains students in experimental skills essential to Life Sciences. This is augmented by technique-orientated laboratory-based modules and by research projects in UROPS (Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme in Science) and Honours research project.

Three Areas of Specialisations

At Level 3000, students can diverge into any of the three areas of study, namely Biomedical Science (BMS), Molecular and Cell Biology (MCB) or Environmental Biology (EVB), through selecting courses in the specialised areas. The selection of specialisation is guided by students' interest.

After completing the curriculum for the 3-year Bachelor of Science degree, qualified students can further pursue an additional year of Honours study with one area of specialisation by building on their selected area of study via Level 4000 module coursework and completing one Honours research project of the chosen area. They will then graduate with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree major in Life Sciences with specialisation in the either BMS, MCB or EVB.

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Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme in Science (UROPS)

Welcome to UROPS!

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme in Science (UROPS) invites you to work with our Faculty staff and experience the challenges and benefits that come from pursuing an independent research project. UROPS is one of the most important means for undergraduate students to foster mentoring relationships with faculty and research staff and it provides you with a unique opportunity to work with one or more scientists in a specific area of study.

This programme allows you to engage actively in research, discussions, intellectual communications and other creative activities. By complementing the conventional classroom learning, UROPS places students at the frontiers of scientific research. Through the typical phases of doing research, you are able to enhance your knowledge in the latest development of science and technology; acquire special communication and presentation skills; experience creative thinking; interact and forge closer ties with the established scientists and members of their groups.

We believe that the experience you can gain upon completion of the project will assist you in the preparation for future careers and postgraduate training.

AWARD - Biochemistry UROPS Prize

* The award, in the form of $200 book voucher, will be given to the best UROPS student doing a 8MC UROPS in an academic year whose main supervisor is a staff/adjunct staff member of the Department of Biochemistry.

* The awardees shall be chosen from the cohorts graduating in both semesters of an academic year, based on examination scores, grades, taking into account written comments by examiners and supervisors, as well as other points of merit as deem appropriate by the judges. The UROPS coordinators shall be the judges, and their decision in final. No award needs to be handed out if judges decide that there are no worthy winners in any particular year.

* The awardees shall be invited to present in department’s Research in Progress Seminars. Availability to present at the seminar is, however, not part of the consideration for this award.

Module Coordinator: A/P Bor Luen TANG
Contact number: +65 6516 1040

Module Coordinator: A/P Wen Shan YEW
Contact number: +65 6516 8624

Administrative Staff: Ms Amanda LIM
Contact number: +65 6516 3240


Honours Research Project LSM4199 (16 MCs)

The Honours curriculum involves an essential two semester-long research project. Qualified students will be trained in advanced research techniques and conduct scientific research along with our M.Sc. and Ph.D. students under the mentorship of full-time and adjunct faculty members from the Life Sciences departments. The research attachments in our well-equipped state-of-the-art laboratories offer our students many opportunities to develop their organising, analytical and problem-solving skills. They will participate in seminars and presentations aimed at developing communication and writing skills, and present their work via poster presentation and submission of a research Honours thesis at the end of the project.

Module Coordinator: Dr Yun Chau LONG
Contact number: +65 6601 2084

Administrative Staff: Ms Amanda LIM
Contact number: +65 6516 3240

Honours open house slide

Life Sciences Modules Offered by Department of Biochemistry

LSM1106 Molecular Cell Biology

Module Coordinator: Sem 1: A/P Lih Wen DENG | Sem 2: A/P Heng Phon TOO
Prerequisite: GCE 'A' level or H2 Biology or equivalent, or LSM1301 or LSM1301X
Workload: 26 lecture hours + 4 tutorial hours + 12 practical hours

LSM2211 Metabolism and Regulation

Module Coordinator: Sem 1: A/P Wen Shan YEW
Prerequisite: Read LSM1106 or LSM1401
Workload: 39 lecture hours + 11 tutorial hours

LSM2233 Cell Biology

Module Coordinator: Sem 1: A/P Foong May YEONG | Sem 2: A/P Thilo HAGEN
Prerequisite: Read LSM1106 or LSM1102
Workload: 35 lecture hours + 11 tutorial hours

LSM3224 Molecular Basis of Human Diseases

Module Coordinator: Sem 2: A/P Foong May YEONG
Prerequisite: Pass in LSM 2101 and LSM2103
Workload: 26 lecture hours + 6 tutorial hours + 18 laboratory hours

LSM3226 Medical and Drug Discovery

Module Coordinator: Sem 2: A/P Foong May YEONG
Prerequisite: Read LSM2233 or LSM2252 or LSM2291
Workload: 22 lecture hours + 6 tutorial hours + 18 practical hours incorporating self-directed study

LSM3231 Protein Structure and Function

Module Coordinator: Sem 1: A/P Maxey CHUNG
Prerequisite: LSM2101
Workload: 26 lecture hours + 6 tutorial hours + 18 laboratory hours

LSM3246 Synthetic Biology

Module Coordinator: Sem 1: A/P Matthew CHANG
Prerequisite: LSM2211/2232/2233
Workload: 42 lecture hours + 8 tutorial hours

LSM3247 Practical Synthetic Biology

Module Coordinator: Sem 1 & 2: A/P Matthew CHANG
Prerequisite: LSM2191 / LSM3246
Workload: 10 lecture hours + 10 tutorial hours + 30 Practical hours

LSM4216 Molecular Nutrition and Metabolic Biology

Module Coordinator: Sem 1: Dr. Yun Chau LONG
Prerequisite: Read LSM2211
Workload: 22 lecture hours + 16 journal club hours + 4 tutorial hours

LSM4222 Advanced Immunology

Module Coordinator: Sem 1: A/P Yunn Hwen GAN
Prerequisite: LSM3223
Workload: 30 lecture hours + 20 tutorial hours

LSM4225 Genetic Medicine in the Post-Genomic Era

Module Coordinator: Sem 2: A/P Caroline Guat Lay LEE
Prerequisite: LSM2102
Workload: 28 lecture hours + 22 presentation/self-directed learning/preparation hours

LSM4241 Functional Genomics

Module Coordinator: Sem 2: A/P Maxey CHUNG
Prerequisite: LSM3231
Workload: 30 lecture hours + 20 tutorial, self study and presentation hours

LSM4244 Oncogenes and Signal Transduction

Module Coordinator: Sem 2: Dr Yoon Pin LIM
Prerequisite: LSM2103
Workload: 14 lectures hours + 19 journal club hours

LSM4245 Epigenetics and Chromatin Biology

Module Coordinator: Sem 1: Dr Sudhakar JHA
Prerequisite: LSM1102 + LSM2102
Workload: 26 lectures hours + 16 tutorial hours

General Education Module Offered by Department of Biochemistry

GEH1042/GEK1537 The Search for Life in the other World

Module Coordinator: Sem 1: A/P Bor Luen TANG
Prerequisite: Nil
Workload: 24 lectures hours + 8 tutorial hours

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