|Semester 1 Credit Value:||20|
This module aims to provide an overview of systems biology with a focus on dynamic systems. Specifically the module aims to:
1. provide a clear understanding of what distinguishes a systems biology from a traditional reductionist approach to solving problems in the life sciences
2. inform students of the importance of establishing an effective experiment - model prediction cycle
3. inform students of the experimental and computational technologies available
4. inform students of online data and model resources together with their associated standards
5. provide a critical platform to judge where and when a systems biology approach would be particularly useful
The module introduces the range of experimental and computational tools and techniques that are available for investigating biological systems. The module will cover how the data generated can be stored, integrated and used to build effective predictive models. An emphasis will be placed on demonstrating that collaboration is essential for working at the systems level. The current focus of systems biology is on investigating cellular components and their interactions, however for systems biology to really deliver it is clear that it must incorporate studies that span biological levels. These ideas will be developed within the course. This module is suitable as an introduction to systems biology for students with a biological background or for advanced researchers approaching systems biology from a different discipline.
The module includes lectures on:
1. An introduction to systems modelling and systems biology
2. Brief overview of essential biology
3. Brief overview of essential mathematics
4. Experimental techniques: ‘Omics’ and specific quantification methods at cellular and physiological levels
5. Currently available database resources and modelling tools
6. Current standards to enable data integration
7. Network and simulation modelling
8. Examples of modelling to include gene expression, biochemical networks and physiological systems
9. From molecules to organisms
|Category||Activity||Number||Length||Student Hours||Academic Staff Contact Hours||Comment|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||30:00||30:00||0:00||Preparation and Submission of Essay|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||30:00||30:00||0:00||Preparation of Presentation and Presentation|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||50:00||50:00||0:00||Preparation for Examination|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||17||1:00||17:00||17:00||Lectures|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||8||1:00||8:00||13:00||Seminars and Practicals|
|Guided Independent Study||Reflective learning activity||1||15:00||15:00||0:00||Additional Reading and Reflective Learning|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||50:00||50:00||0:00||Prepration of Notes from Lectures and Reading|
Lectures will provide the students with expert presentations of key information and as a platform for private study. Seminars (small group teaching) will build on the lectures to help consolidate the information gained and encourage a critical understanding. The tutorial and a computer based practical will be used to develop a balanced and integrative outlook.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Written Examination||60||1||M||60||One question to be answered from three|
|Prof skill assessmnt||1||M||20||Oral presentation|
The examination is an appropriate way to assess a broad understanding of what constitutes a successful systems biology approach. The written assignment will provide an in depth assessment of a students ability to extract essential information from diverse sources, and present a clear, well structured and well supported argument. The oral presentation will assess a student’s ability to think on their feet and present ideas to peers and the public.
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