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Molecular Biotechnology - BIO00008I

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  • Department: Biology
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. Gavin Thomas
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: I
  • Academic year of delivery: 2017-18

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2017-18

Module aims

Molecular biotechnology aims to provide students with a broad introduction to how recombinant DNA technology is being used to make useful biological products, both small molecules and recombinant proteins, in microbial, plant and animal systems. The module will provide a solid understanding of the biology and techniques used in each of these biological systems drawing on a wide range of examples from the modern biotechnology industry.

Module learning outcomes

At the end of this module students will be able to:

  • Describe the types of products that are being made using biological systems in the modern biotechnology industry.
  • Critically discuss the technology and problems relating to recombinant production of important protein therapeutics.
  • Describe how transgenic plants and animals can be produced and their key biological applications.
  • Analyze and interpret data relating to heterologous protein expression
  • Describe the use of microbes in synthetic biology.


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 20
University - closed examination
Molecular Biotechnology
1 hours 80

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
University - closed examination
Molecular Biotechnology
1 hours 80

Module feedback

Feedback on your progress is important to your learning process and we return all first and second year work to you after marking for feedback purposes via Biology Student Services in week 9 or 10 of the spring and summer terms. You will be notified by e-mail when your work is ready for collection.

Module marks are made available to both you and your supervisor via your eVision account as soon as the marks are available, by week 6 of the spring term and week 8 of the summer term. You are expected to discuss your performance and progress with your supervisor in your mid-spring term and end of summer term supervisory meetings.

A histogram of all module marks is produced and posted on the examinations notice board outside Biology Student Services.

Specimen answers are posted on the web: by comparing the specimen answers with your own, you should obtain a clear idea of what was expected of you. For each module the markers will also give general feedback on how well the questions were answered and point out any standard errors that students may have made.

Indicative reading

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