BIO3042 : Biotechnology: Applications
- Offered for Year: 2019/20
- Module Leader(s): Dr Maxim Kapralov
- Lecturer: Professor William Willats, Professor Angharad MR Gatehouse, Professor Frank Sargent, Dr Thomas Howard, Dr Jon Marles-Wright
- Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 2 Credit Value:||20|
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.
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.
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||10:00||10:00||Revision for final exam|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||30:00||30:00||Case study|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||20||1:00||20:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||2:00||2:00||Final exam|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||30||2:00||60:00||Study of recommended references|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||20||1:00||20:00||Lecture follow up|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||18:00||18:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||40:00||40:00||Study 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.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Written exercise||2||M||20||Case 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.