BSA1003 : Practical Skills in Genetics for Study Abroad
- Offered for Year: 2017/18
- Module Leader(s): Professor Christopher Baldwin
- Lecturer: Dr Elizabeth Veal, Dr Jun-yong Huang, Dr Simon Bamforth
- Owning School: Biomedical Sciences
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||5|
This module introduces students to practical skills essential to students studying genetics. Students learn how to use the E. coli bacterium to clone DNA and how to use the polymerase chain reaction to analyse the genetic make-up of the nematode worm, C elegans. They also use computer aided learning to study genetic linkage in the fruit fly Drosophila.
The module will also highlight the importance of laboratory health and safety.
Outline Of Syllabus
The Genetics practical skills module consists of laboratory-based practicals on the following topics: genetic transformation of E. coli; genotype analysis of C. elegans; gene linkage in Drosophila.
The module is offered ONLY to Study abroad students. Students on other programmes in the School
of Biomedical sciences may take the same practical classes as part of CMB1005 (Practical skills in
Biomedical & Biomolecular Sciences 1).
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||3||1:00||3:00||Written report and online assessment|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Practical||1||3:00||3:00||Practical 3|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Practical||3||2:00||6:00||Practicals 1 & 2|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||38:00||38:00||N/A|
Jointly Taught With
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Practical classes will provide experience of laboratory work; information presented in practicals will include knowledge and understanding of the underlying principles of essential practical techniques and laboratory health and safety. Students will gain hands-on experience of a range of practical techniques and safe laboratory practice. Practical classes will allow students to develop skills in recording and analysing biological data, carrying out scientific calculations and using computers. Practicals also provide an opportunity for students to ask questions and exchange ideas with peers, demonstrators and academic staff in a relatively informal setting. Skills practised include critical thinking, data synthesis, numeracy & use of computer applications.
Independent study is used for self-directed learning and includes: reading lecture notes and texts relevant to the practicals; preparation for practicals and completing assessments.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Practical/lab report||1||M||100||In-course written and online worksheets assessing knowledge and understanding of genetics practical work|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
Practical reports will test the students knowledge and understanding of practical techniques, ability to record and analyse biological data, ability to carry out scientific calculations and ability to use computer aided learning packages.
FMS Schools offering Semester One modules available as ‘Study Abroad’ will, where required, provide an alternative assessment time for examinations that take place after the Christmas vacation. Coursework with submissions dates after the Christmas vacation will either be submitted at an earlier date or at the same time remotely.
The form of assessment will not vary from the original.