BGM3039 : Medical Biotechnology

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


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

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture281:0028:00Formal lecture
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching11:001:00Seminar - how to evaluate paper
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study16:006:00Critical evaluation of paper
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1651:00165:00Further reading and preparation for final exam.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures 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

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A80Two essay questions to be answered from a choice of four.
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M20Critical Appraisal of primary literature 1000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination 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.

The form of assessment will not vary from the original.

Reading Lists