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Module

CMB2000 : Essential Biomedical Research Skills

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Vanessa Armstrong
  • Lecturer: Professor David Lydall, Professor Michael Briggs, Professor Brian Morgan, Mr David McGeeney, Dr Marco Trevisan-Herraz, Dr Damian Parry, Dr Cole Sims, Mr Jan Deckers, Dr Matthew Bashton, Mrs Rebecca Maier, Professor Elaine McColl
  • 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 give students a broad understanding of the principles underpinning techniques commonly used within biosciences as well as develop skills competence in molecular biology techniques. Students will learn how to utilise informatics and statistical software alongside technical theory to interpret results/data. An awareness and understanding of health and safety and ethical issues associated with scientific research will also be covered.

Outline Of Syllabus

The syllabus for this module can be considered under four interrelated strands;

• Practical - Molecular biology techniques covered in practical laboratory classes are; DNA (plasmid)
isolation/purification, heat shock transformation of E.Coli, PCR, agarose gel electrophoresis,
restriction enzyme digest, SDS-PAGE, Western Blotting / immunoprobing and ELISA.

• Informatics - The complexity of molecular biology and vast amount of data generated means that
students need a clear understanding of how technologies can be used to search for, interrogate and analyse
information and data effectively. A range of informatics tools, resources and databases will be introduced.

• Statistics - The analysis of data requires the application of statistics, including basic data
analysis, probability (including Hardy-Weinberg equation), normal distribution, inference, t-Test,
correlation and regression.

• Ethics - Much of the scientific research introduces a number of ethical dilemmas and questions that
students (as scientists) must be aware of and consider throughout their career. A series of
lectures will examine the concepts of ethical reasoning and extend this to animal and human
research and clinical trials.

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

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Timetable