Molecular biology, biotechnology & bioinformatics - BIO00051I

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  • Department: Biology
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Setareh Chong
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: I
  • Academic year of delivery: 2018-19
    • See module specification for other years: 2019-20

Module summary

This module focuses on the molecular mechanisms of DNA replication, DNA damage and repair, DNA expression, RNA processing and translation with an emphasis on eukaryotic systems. It draws some comparisons with these same processes in prokaryotes.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2018-19 to Summer Term 2018-19

Module aims

This module focuses on the molecular mechanisms of DNA replication, DNA damage and repair, DNA expression, RNA processing and translation with an emphasis on eukaryotic systems. It draws some comparisons with these same processes in prokaryotes. Where appropriate these mechanisms are put in the context of their use in biotechnology. Students are also encouraged to participate in the post summer CAP bioinformatics teaching which aims to expose them to cutting edge bioinformatics [transcriptomics] and prepare students for possible Stage 3 projects and/or their placement year. The module aims to provide students with the concepts and key facts required to understand the dynamic molecular processes that occur in duplication, maintenance and expression of genomes. It also provides an opportunity to reinforce this understanding, and practice and extend skills learned at stage one, through application to solving problems and interpreting relevant data.

Module learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this module will have the ability to:

1. Identify the challenges associated with genome maintenance and explain how they are overcome

2. Understand the consequences of failure of genome maintenance and how this is linked to disease

3. Solve problems based upon understanding the principles and mechanisms of gene expression and its regulation

4. Apply molecular biology principles and bioinformatics methods to design tools and experiments in biotechnology

5. Interpret data based on module content

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
University - closed examination
Molecular Biology, Biotechnology and Bioinformatics
2.5 hours 100

Special assessment rules

None

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
University - closed examination
Molecular Biology, Biotechnology and Bioinformatics
2.5 hours 100

Module feedback

Feedback on your progress is important to your learning process; your draft review will be commented on and returned to you, your final submission will also be returned with comments.

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