BIO3042 : Biotechnology: Applications

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


To show how genes can be modified and transferred among organisms; to illustrate how this technology leads to practical applications.

Outline Of Syllabus

The genetic modification of organisms to enhance their usefulness to humans is becoming increasingly important in industry, agriculture and medicine. This module deals with how and why various organisms are genetically transformed using a suite of technologies, and how these technologies have led to practical applications in industry, agriculture and medicine.

Lecture topics:
Introduction to synthetic biology, DNA assembly and gene networks.
The use of genetically modified microorganisms to produce enzymes for industrial applications.
Genetic modification of plants for herbicide and pest resistance, to improve food quality, and for industrial and medical applications.
Introduction to metabolic and protein engineering.

Analysis of case studies of genetic modification.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Revision for final exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00Case study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture201:0020:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Final exam
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading302:0060:00Study of recommended references
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study201:0020:00Lecture follow up
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study118:0018:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study140:0040:00Study of lectures, ReCap, Blackboard etc.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures explain key concepts and outline illustrative examples.
The analysis of a case study of genetic modification helps students to assimilate principles by examining their application in detail in a specific case.
Private study is necessary for students to absorb information presented in lectures, to deepen their knowledge and understanding through reading supporting references and to do the case studies.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A80N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise2M20Case studies of genetic modification. (word count 2000)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The exam assesses knowledge, understanding, and ability to integrate subject material learned from lectures and additional reading. The case study tests the ability of students to analyse a particular topic in depth and to interpret research literature.

Reading Lists