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Module

BIO8009 : Fundamentals of Cell and Molecular Biology

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Ethan Hack
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

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 in biological subjects 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.

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 materials161:0016:00Online via Canvas - A combination 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 activities44:0016:00Online via Canvas - Virtual practical exercises; preparation for workshop
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading120:0020:00Recommended reading and students' own follow-up
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical12:002:00PiP - Computer practical. Grouping depends on number of students who register for the module.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching31:003:00PiP - Activities to introduce module and consolidate learning
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study161:0016:00Lecture material follow up: study of recordings and supplementary material
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk31:003:00Discussion linked to non-synchronous lecture materials
Total100:00
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 virtual practical exercises and associated workshop give students experience with recombinant DNA technology. The computer practical introduces DNA sequence assembly and phylogenetic analysis.

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 exercise1M100Structured Questions
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Computer assessment1MOn-line simulated practical exercises
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

A structured set of questions assesses students’ understanding of the relevant subject material and ability to interpret data from experiments involving recombinant DNA technology. The on-line simulated practical exercises help students develop their awareness and understanding of how those experiments are conducted.

Reading Lists

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