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BIO8009 : Fundamentals of Cell and Molecular Biology (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Ethan Hack
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To survey the fundamentals of cell and molecular biology and introduce key methods used in research on these subjects. This module is intended for students taking Masters-level courses who have not undertaken degree-level study of cell and molecular biology or who need to refamiliarise themselves with these topics.

Outline Of Syllabus

Introduction: genes and cells.
Proteins: composition and structure.
Organisation of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells.
Protein synthesis: transcription and translation mechanisms.
Principles of regulation of gene expression.
Genomes: prokaryotic, eukaryotic nuclear, mitochondrial, and plastid.
Essential techniques in molecular biology: DNA cloning, library screening, PCR, detection and measurement of gene expression, DNA sequencing.
Practicals: fundamentals of recombinant DNA technology.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials18:008:00Online via Canvas - A series of short recordings of lecture material and other media.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion112:0012:00Preparation for summative coursework assessment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion112:0012:00Completion of summative coursework assessment
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities116:0016:00Preparation for practicals; interpretation of practical results including completion of formative as
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading121:0021:00Recommended reading and students' own follow-up
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical24:008:00PiP - laboratory practicals
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical13:003:00Computer practical
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study161:0016:00Lecture material follow up: study of recordings and supplementary material
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk41:004:00PiP activities and discussion linked to non-synchronous lecture materials to introduce module and co
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The online lecture materials explain key concepts and provide illustrative examples, which are developed further through directed research and reading and independent study. The laboratory practical's give students hands-on experience with recombinant DNA technology. The computer practical introduces DNA sequence assembly and phylogenetic analysis.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M100Structured Questions - Limit 1500 words
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Computer assessment1MQuestions linked tot he practical's
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

A structured set of questions assesses students’ understanding of and ability to apply concepts from the relevant subject material and ability to interpret data from experiments involving recombinant DNA technology. The formative questions linked to the practicals help students develop their awareness and understanding of the principles underlying these experiments

Reading Lists