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MSc. Biochemistry

Objectives of Programme

The overall objective of the programme is to provide advanced-level training in biochemistry so that graduates of the programme can carry out research and out-reach activities, and innovation in the medical, agricultural and industrial sectors.

Specic objectives

• To produce biochemists with knowledge and skills in critical appraisal, research methodology, data handling and bioethics.

• To produce biochemists equipped with state-of-the art techniques and applications such as microbiological and genetic manipulation.

• To produce biochemists with the knowledge and understanding of the underlying biochemical abnormalities and diagnostic approaches to metabolic, immune and other common diseases.

• To produce biochemists who think independently but work collabora-tively for the common good.

• Capacity building in areas of teaching and research.Target GroupThe  programme attracts graduates of biological sciences such as Biochemistry, Biology, Botany, Zoology, and Biomedical Laboratory Technology as well as those from the physical (chemistry), Medical and Environmental disciplines.

The programme is based on a credit unit system in which:

1 lecture hour (LH) = 1 contact hour (CH)

2 tutorial hour (TH) = 1 contact hour (CH)

2 hours of practical = 1 contact hour; 4 hours of field work = 1 contact hour

15 contact hours (1 CH per week for 15 weeks) = 1 credit unit (CU)

 Summary of the Programme

Code

Course Title

LH     

TH     

PH     

CH   

CU   

Year I Semester I

MBC 7101

Microbial Biochemistry

35

20

30

60

04

MBC 7102

Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology

20

20

30

45

03

MBC 7103

Enzymology

25

10

30

45

03

MBC 7104

Metabolism

20

20

30

45

03

Total 13

Year I Semester II

MBC 7201

Statistical data analysis

35

20

 

45

03

MBC 7202

Bioinformatics

15

10

20

30

02

             

Elective Courses (One to be chosen in Semester II)

MBC 7203

Medical Biochemistry

30

30

30

60

04

MBC 7204

Applied Microbiology

30

30

30

60

04

MBC 7205

Advanced Immunology

30

30

30

60

04

MBC 7206

Nutrition Biochemistry

30

30

30

60

04

Total 09

Year II Semester I

MBC 7301

Research Ethics and Methods

24

12

 

30

02

MBC 7302

Principles and Techniques of Biochemical Analysis

30

20

40

60

04

MBC 7303

Seminar series I

       

02

Total (Core + Electives) 30

MBC 7401

Seminar series II

       

02

Year II Semester I & II

Research Project and Dissertation

       

10

Graduation Load

42

8.0 EXAMINATION REGULATIONS

8.1 University Examinations

The general regulations and statutes of Makerere University and the general regulations of the School of Graduate Studies shall govern examinations for the degree of Master of Science in Biochemistry.

8.2 Progressive Assessment (PA)

Progressive assessment shall consist of practicals, tests, assignments, presentations, fieldwork reports etc. Progressive assessment will contribute 40% to the final course unit mark.

8.3 Course Examinations

At the end of each semester there will be an examination in all the courses offered during the first year. Progressive assessment shall contribute 40 %, while the end of semester examination shall contribute 60 % to the final examination mark. The pass mark in any course is 60 %.

 8.4 Grading System

Each course shall be graded out of a maximum of 100 marks and assigned appropriate letter grades and grade points (GP) as follows:

Marks %     

Letter Grade    

Grade Point    

Remark

80-100

A

5.0

Pass

75-79.9

B+

4.5

Pass

70-74.9

B

4.0

Pass

65-69.9

B-

3.5

Pass

60-64.9

C+

3.0

Pass

55-59.9

C

2.5

Fail

50-54.9

C-

2.0

Fail

45-49.9

D+

1.5

Fail

40-44.9

D

1.0

Fail

35-39.9

D-

0.5

Fail

Below

E

0.0

Fail

 

These additional letters shall be used where appropriate:

WP = Withdrawn from the programme with a pass;

F = Withdrawn with a failure;

I = Incomplete;

AUD = Audited course only.

The pass grade point for each course shall be 3.0.

Years: 
2