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Mission

The Department and Centre for Biochemistry intend to provide high quality education, practical skills training, and research in the biochemical/biotechnological sciences. The aim is to promote Bioscience in all its endeavors by reaching out and by dynamically responding to the needs of all role players at the University, the local industries and of the communities it plans to serve.

Vision

The Department of Biochemistry and the Centre for Biotechnology intend to be recognized as an important element in research, analytical services and training within the biological sciences at the University of Venda for Science and Technology.

First Year Modules

  • BTB 1641: Biochemistry for Health Sciences and Biotechnology


Second Year Modules

  • BCM 2541: Structural and Functional Biochemistry I
  • BCM 2542: Structural and Functional Biochemistry II

These modules cover a full structural and functional description of the biochemical environment in living systems, including naturally-occurring compounds, biochemical energetic, kinetics and buffer function. First year modules in Chemistry and Biological Science form the prerequisites for admission to these modules.

  • BCM 2641: Metabolism I
  • BCM 2642: Metabolism II

All major metabolic sequences are discussed in detail including energy metabolism and an introduction to molecular biology principles as based upon nucleic acid metabolism. The same prerequisites as above are expected, as well as the successful completion of BCM 2541 and BCM 2542. Practical classes are presented every week during the semester where students are trained to develop experimental skills in analytical determination of biochemical and other metabolites as well as the use of apparatus in the Biochemistry laboratory .

Third Year Modules

  • BCM 3541: Protein Biochemistry
  • BCM 3542: Biochemical Techniques
  • BCM 3641: Physiological Biochemistry
  • BCM 3642: Genetic Information

Detailed subject areas are developed and discussed with the emphasis on also developing analytical and practical skills. Students start to work on a project during theoretical and practical training and the ideal is for them to present their findings at a Departmental seminar/project session at the end of the second semester to all colleagues and lecturing staff. Lack of funds and facilities have prevented these presentations, but students do prepare and present seminars on selected topics during this year of study. prerequisites are the second year courses/modules in Biochemistry as shown above .

Postgraduate

Honours Modules

  • BCM 5521: Research Techniques I
  • BCM 5523: Genomics and Proteomics
  • BCM 5525: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
  • BCM 5606: Research Project and Seminars
  • BCM 5622: Research Techniques II
  • BCM 5623: Advanced Physiological Biochemistry
  • BCM 5624: Advanced Enzyme Kinetics

Teaching and training concentrate on advanced aspects of Biochemistry and Biotechnology and the Research project and seminars serves to develop research skills of students. Students are also expected to assist during graduate practical training courses and to develop the ability to work independently.

Masters Program

  • BCM 6000: Research project on topic as approved by HOD, project presentation and seminars.

Doctoral Program

  • BCM 7000: Research project on approved topic.

The following is a list of staff members in the Department of Biochemistry:

Designation Name Contacts

B. Van Driesel


Tel: +27 15 962 8203
Email: brian.vandriesel@univen.ac.za

RF Mashamba

Tel:
Email:
B.J Mafoko Tel:
Email:

T. Mudau (Lab Technician)

Tel: +27 15 962 8153
Email: sthina@univen.ac.za