BSc Biotechnology / Course details

Year of entry: 2020

Course unit details:
Molecular and Cellular Biology EDM

Unit code BIOL21041
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by School of Biological Sciences
Available as a free choice unit? No

Overview

In your Experimental Design Module (EDM) you will participate in practical sessions undertaking widely used modern laboratory techniques. You will develop both your laboratory and your data handling skills in preparation for your Research Skills Module in the next semester. Sessions will cover PCR, sequencing, protein analysis, bioinformatics, signalling pathways, the sub-cellular relocalisation of protein, Neurospora genetics and gene silencing.

Aims

Experimental Design Modules (EDMs) aim to equip students with the skills necessary to become proficient in a number of laboratory techniques that are carried out routinely in modern laboratories. EDMs place an emphasis on the design and interpretation of experiments, building the expertise and knowledge that will be required to undertake the appropriate Research Skills Modules offered in the second semester.

Learning outcomes

This unit will allow students to become proficient in making experimental choices enabling them to make amendments to technical protocols, analysing and critiquing research papers appropriate to the practical and using specialised laboratory equipment and procedures required to obtain data. Many practicals will consist of an element of data handling techniques, including statistical analysis and appropriate presentation of results.

Syllabus

Syllabus

•       Recombination and segregation events during meiosis.

·            •       Post-transcriptional gene silencing pathways/Generating knockout cell linesSignalling Pathways/ Sub-                                     Cellular Protein Relocalisation I.

•       Signalling Pathways/ Sub-Cellular Protein Relocalisation II.

•       Signalling Pathways/ Sub-Cellular Protein Relocalisation III.

•       Bioinformatics-viral outbreak.

Employability skills

Analytical skills
Students develop analytical and problem-solving skills in order to fulfil the experimental design aspects of each practical.
Group/team working
Many experiments require an element of group work. Most practicals involve students working in pairs.
Innovation/creativity
Designing experimental methodology.
Project management
Project management skills are developed throughout this unit.
Problem solving
As above
Research
Research skills are developed throughout this unit.
Written communication
Practical write-up of one practical.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written assignment (inc essay) 20%
Practical skills assessment 80%

Students will be assessed using a combination of online and in-lab assessments. In addition, students will be required to complete a full experimental report for one practical as determined by their academic advisor. Marks will be distributed between the assessments (80%) and the full write-up (20%).

NB Attendance at all practical and lecture sessions is compulsory. Missing a practical without satisfactory explanation will result in a loss of 10% of the total unit score for each missed practical. Missing more than 3 practicals for whatever reason will trigger a meeting with the senior advisor. A mark of at least 40% is required to pass this unit. Failure of this unit will result in a resit assessment.

Feedback methods

During the practical sessions, there will be many opportunities to get immediate feedback from staff and demonstrators. Feedback sessions will be given as separate one hour lectures. Individual feedback on laboratory reports will be provided by your academic advisor.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 6
Practical classes & workshops 36
Independent study hours
Independent study 56

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Shiu-Wan Chan Unit coordinator

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