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Course Overview

  • this course covers many of the core technologies
    that are essential for advanced research in Molecular Medical and related
  • you will gain cutting edge, in depth and
    focussed knowledge of core experimental approaches and technologies and their
    practical applications in a research-based context;
  • you will acquire core practical laboratory
  • this course will prepare you for advanced study
    of molecular medical sciences;
  • wider transferrable skills such as analytical
    thinking, problem solving and advanced laboratory techniques are interwoven
    strands aimed at developing graduate attributes and employability

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr I.R. Greig

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

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Course Description

This course describes and explains the theory and practice of the tool kit that modern molecular biology uses to derive information about how biological systems function and interact. Detailing a wide and comprehensive range of molecular techniques, the material leads from basic molecular biology and the manipulation of DNA and RNA, through gene cloning and gene expression analysis, to studies of the function of genes and their protein products. This is followed by a consideration of the study of proteins themselves, together with their properties. Finally, the use of antibodies as molecular tools is considered.

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Science Laboratory during University weeks 10, 10 - 12, 14
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 9, 9 - 10, 10, 12, 12, 13, 16, 16, 17, 18, 18
  • 2 Tutorials during University weeks 14, 14, 15

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

20% Computer Programme Practical

25% Exam Essay Style Answer for One Set of Lectures 

25% Problem Solving Question

30% Presentation Style explanation (ppt) on one topic 

Alternative Resit Arrangements for students taking course in Academic Year 2020/21

Online exam

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.

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