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Module

BGM3039 : Medical Biotechnology

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Neil Keegan
  • Lecturer: Dr Nick Watkins, Dr Andrew Knight, Dr Philip Manning, Professor Kevin Marchbank, Professor Jeremy Lakey, Dr Andrew Pike
  • Owning School: Biomedical, Nutritional and Sports Scien
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

This module aims to;

1) inform students of the range of therapeutic molecules and diagnostic tools developed by the biotechnology industry over the last few years.
2) explain the mechanisms whereby these therapeutic molecules and diagnostic tools work.
3) identify the methods whereby these therapies and diagnostic tools are produced.
4) identify and explore new and novel areas of research in the biotechnology industry.

Outline Of Syllabus

Therapeutic proteins, including expression systems, importance of glycosylation, blood proteins, enzymes and antibodies. Vaccines, including live vaccines, recombinant vaccines, conjugate vaccines and cancer vaccines. Antisense technology, RNAi, biosensors including electrochemical sensors, enzyme and antibody detection systems, cutting edge new and novel areas in biosensor research. Nanotechnology, the future potential of nanoscale objects, such as protein DNA in electronics and sensing. Bioengineering including principles and practice of mammalian cell culture and biomaterials in clinical practise.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials271:0027:00Lecture materials. Non-synchronous
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching71:007:001x Seminar - how to evaluate paper - PIP 6x Q&A sessions - Synchronous online
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1601:00160:00Writing up lecture notes, revision and general reading.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study16:006:00Critical evaluation of paper
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lecture materials will provide students with key information, relating to knowledge outcomes (K1-5). Seminar will encourage critical interpretation and synthesis of information through discussion (S1). Private study will allow students to extend their knowledge through reading of journal articles and other recommended references and preparation of the critical appraisal will support the knowledge and skills outcomes (K1-4; S1-2).

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M30Critical Appraisal of primary literature 1000-1500 words
Essay2A70Open book essay (1 essay from a choice of 3). Students will be required to complete the essay over a 5-7 day period.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The open book essay provides evidence of knowledge and understanding of the topics (K1-5; S2). The critique of a scientific paper tests the analytical and research skills of the students as well as developing their written communication skills which helps prepare them for the examination (S1-2).

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.

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