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Module

BIO2030 : Biotechnology: Principles and Practice

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Martin Edwards
  • Lecturer: Professor Angharad MR Gatehouse, Dr Jon Marles-Wright, Dr Timothy Boswell
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

To inform students about the technology that is currently used in the analysis and engineering of genes and to give students practical experience in this technology. Also to introduce the principles of allied technologies (proteomics, transcriptomics, and cell culture) and expose students to relevant industrial uses of these technologies.

Lab practicals will provide students with intensive training in modern molecular biological methods centred around tools and techniques for DNA and protein isolation and characterisation. Students will be taken through a logically connected sequence of experiments on a biological system that will allow them to collect experimental data for presentation and analysis. This helps to equip students to carry out final year laboratory based research projects, as well as increasing their practical and data processing skills.

The module, along with others, provides students with underpinning theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed for the final year biotechnological modules and projects offered by the School.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module introduces the technology currently used in the analysis and engineering of genes. It also introduces the principles of allied technologies (proteomics, transcriptomics, and cell culture) and exposes students to industry through a site visit to a biotech company and provides an introduction to the use of a model-guided design for experimentation in biotechnology.

Lecture topics:

Gene and cDNA cloning
DNA sequencing.
Protein engineering.
High-level regulated expression of heterologous genes in microbial systems.
Genome editing.
Creation of transgenic plants, animals and microorganisms; introduction to applications of the technology in medicine, agriculture and industry.
Outlines of proteomics, transcriptomics.
Outline of plant and animal cell culture.
Introduction to model-guided design for biotechnology.

Practicals and site visit

The lectures will be underpinned by a site visit to Centre for Product Innovation (CPI), Redcar and by a series of practicals, which will focus on:

PCR from plasmid DNA
Preparing antibiotic screening plates
Transformation of E. coli
Colony PCR to measure transformation success
Plasmid extraction and restriction digestion
Protein extraction, chromatography, quantification, and protein gels

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
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion150:0050:00Online - Take home assessment (70%)
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion125:0025:00Data analysis report (30%)
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials181:0018:00Online via Canvas - A combination of short recordings of lecture material and text published on VLE
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials21:303:00Online via Canvas - Module introduction and recap. Familiarise yourself with the topics
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical23:006:00PiP - Students will be present in the laboratory for practical sessions
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops61:006:00Online Teams - summary session to consolidate understanding following review of the online material
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study462:0092:00Independent study
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures provide factual material; the practical classes introduce and allow students to practise laboratory skills and important techniques; the field trip exposes the students to a biotechnological company, to their industrial site, and to explanations of their purposes and methods.

The practicals give students hands-on experience in fundamental laboratory techniques with appropriate supervision and guidance. Practical skill assessment completed during the workshop will assess knowledge of methodology. Private study, both during and after the workshop, is necessary for students to absorb information gained from instruction and practical work, to deepen knowledge and understanding through reading of supporting references, and to prepare assignments on data analysis and comprehension.

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
Report2M30Data analysis report (500 words plus analysis)
Written exercise2M70Online take home assessment
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Prof skill assessmnt2MDaily feedback on lab skills given during lab workshop
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The written assessment is designed to test understanding, synthesis and analysis, and retention of the important concepts of recombinant DNA technology. Both subject-specific and key skill learning outcomes are
assessed by the requirement to present a data analysis report in an acceptable scientific format. will receive immediate verbal feedback on the success, and how they can improve the outcome of the experiments performed during the workshop.

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