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Modules

BIO3042 : Biotechnology 2

Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

To show how genes can be modified and transferred among organisms; to illustrate how this technology leads to practical applications.

Outline Of Syllabus

The genetic modification of organisms to enhance their usefulness to humans is becoming increasingly important in industry, agriculture and medicine, but is also controversial. This module deals with how and why genes are constructed to function in microorganisms, plants, and animals, how this technology has led to practical applications, limitations to the technology, and how it may be used in the future.

Lecture topics:
The use of genetically modified microorganisms to produce enzymes for food and industrial applications.
Genetic modification of plants for herbicide and pest resistance, to improve food quality, and for industrial and medical applications.
Animal cloning and stem cells.
Medical and agricultural applications of genetically modified animals.

Coursework:
Analysis of case studies of genetic modification.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture241:0024:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion232:0046:00Case study preparation
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Final exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion240:3012:00Revision for final exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Case study
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading241:0024:00Study of recommended references
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study241:0024:00Lecture follow up
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study242:0048:00Study of lectures, ReCap, Blackboard etc.
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures explain key concepts and outline illustrative examples.
The analysis of a case study of genetic modification helps students to assimilate principles by examining their application in detail in a specific case.
Private study is necessary for students to absorb information presented in lectures, to deepen their knowledge and understanding through reading supporting references and to do the case studies.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A80N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise2M20Case studies of genetic modification 800 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The exam assesses knowledge, understanding, and ability to integrate subject material learned from lectures and additional reading. The case study tests the ability of students to analyse a particular topic in depth and to interpret research literature.

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