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Biochemistry, Second Cycle of Courses (WBBB-0311-2SO)

(in Polish: Biochemia, stacjonarne drugiego stopnia)
full-time, 2 years
Language: Polish

Qualification awarded:

(in Polish) Magisterium na biochemii

Access to further studies:

education in doctoral school, postgraduate programmes

Professional status:

Graduates of second-cycle Biochemistry have a knowledge of biochemistry and the skills pertaining to the field which have been considerably extended in comparison to the first-cycle programme of study. They are able to interpret biological phenomena at the molecular level and understand the mechanisms governing the relations between the structure of biomolecules, particularly as regards proteins and nucleic acids, and their functions. They are familiar with modern research and analytical tools, enabling them to conduct research on biological structures and to modify genetic information. They have been trained in the use of the professional literature on biochemistry and of the computer databases for the discipline. They have learned the principles and techniques for the archiving and processing of statistical data, and the presentation and independent interpretation of the results of biochemical analyses. They have the communication skills enabling them to discuss issues in biochemistry with specialists and also to present them to non-specialists. They are able to apply their knowledge and skills in professional activities, in compliance with the prescriptions of the law and the principles of professional ethics and bioethics.

Access requirements

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entry exam, degree of licencjat

Teaching standards

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Graduates who complete the programme of study have acquired the learning outcomes specified in Resolution No. 34/III/2012 adopted by the Senate of the Jagiellonian University on 28th March 2012 on the introduction of learning outcomes for particular fields of study conducted at the Jagiellonian University as of the 2012/2013 academic year, with later amendments. Graduates hold the following qualifications as regards knowledge, skills, and social competences: KNOWLEDGE - An extended knowledge of Biochemistry, advanced with respect to the first-cycle programme of study in the main branches of the discipline, analytical biochemistry, structural and physical biochemistry, cell biochemistry, the biochemistry of organisms at various levels of evolutionary advancement, medical biochemistry, molecular genetics, and genetic engineering; - An in-depth knowledge of biochemistry enabling him/her to recognise the connection between theory and practice; - Ability to interpret biological phenomena at the molecular level in terms of the categories of the concepts and laws of chemistry; - Knowledge and appreciation of the relationship between the structure of biomolecules and their function, especially as regards proteins and the nucleic acids; - Knowledge of the modern research and analytical tools enabling him/her to examine biological structures and biochemical processes, and to modify genetic information; - A sufficient knowledge of the foundations of mathematical statistics and error theory to enable him/her to record, process, and present the results of his/her research independently; - A sufficient knowledge of the basic principles of safety and hygiene at work to allow him/her to work independently in biochemical research laboratories; - An in-depth knowledge of the research methods and techniques fundamental for the research project he/she performed for his/her Magister dissertation; - Knowledge of a broad scope of the Polish and English biochemical terminology; - Knowledge of the problems currently discussed in the literature on biochemistry; - A detailed knowledge of the science required for the research project he/she performed for his/her Magister dissertation; - Knowledge of how to plan his/her research using the tools and techniques he/she has learned during the programme of study; - A sufficient level of knowledge for him/her to appreciate the ethical problems which may arise in contemporary branches of science associated with biochemistry; - A foundation knowledge of the principles for the financing of scientific research; - Knowledge of the legal provisions applicable to the biochemist’s profession; knowledge of the general principles for the establishment of a private business using the knowledge he/she has learned in biochemistry and its related disciplines. SKILLS - Ability to apply the advanced research tools and techniques used in modern biochemistry; - Proficiency in the use of the Polish and English scientific literature on biochemistry and its related disciplines; - Ability to find information (also from internet-based sources) on theoretical and practical issues connected with his/her own research work; a capacity for the selection and critical analysis of information resources; - Ability to apply modern bioinformatic software to compare the sequences of proteins and nucleic acids, predict and visualise the spatial structure of macromolecules, and analyse the evolutionary relations between organisms; - Ability to plan and carry out experiments for his/her Magister research project, under the supervision of his/her tutor; - Ability to use specialist scientific apparatus under the guidance of a qualified scientist, in compliance with instructions for use and care for the condition of the apparatus given him/her; - Ability to use statistical methods to analyse his/her research results; - Ability to interpret empirical data and draw simple, generalised conclusions on this basis; - Ability to draw conclusions on the basis of data collected from a variety of sources from the literature; - Ability to write a scientific paper in Polish, and a brief summary in English, on the basis of his/her research; - Ability to compile and deliver an oral presentation on a specific subject in biochemistry and its related disciplines; - Ability to contribute to a discussion on issues in biochemistry, both with specialists as well as with non-specialists - Proficiency in English at a level enabling communication on professional matters; - Ability to plan his/her professional and/or scientific career independently; - Qualified to apply for admission to a third-cycle programme of study or for employment in research and diagnostic laboratories in the biotechnological industry, medicine, pharmacology, conservation of the environment, and scientific institutions which conduct fundamental research; - Foreign language proficiency at the B2+ level on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, in the scope of his/her field of study. SOCIAL COMPETENCES - Awareness of the limitations of his/her knowledge and appreciation of the need to continually update and enhance his/her professional qualifications in biochemistry; - Ability to inspire and assist in the education of others; - A capacity for teamwork, performing a variety of duties; - Ability to define the priorities in the tasks assigned him/her by him/herself or by others; - A sense of responsibility for the assessment of potential dangers ensuing from his/her research techniques and for creating safe working conditions; - Appreciation of the importance of the practical application of what he/she has learned; - Adherence to the principles of professional ethics and appreciation of the importance of intellectual honesty in his/her own and other people’s activities.