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SM3001: FRONTIERS OF MOLECULAR MEDICAL SCIENCES (2022-2023)

Last modified: 01 Nov 2022 12:21


Course Overview

  • This course covers many of the core technologies that are essential for advanced research in molecular medical sciences and will demonstrate how they have allowed us to push the boundaries of medicine beyond anything we could possibly have imagined just a few years ago
  • You will gain in-depth and focussed knowledge of core experimental approaches and technologies and their practical applications
  • Most especially, you will see how these cutting edge technologies have led the fight against Covid-19 and have allowed us to develop stunningly-effective vaccines in a fraction of the time normally required, and how gene therapies are allowing us to develop treatments and deliver hope to those suffering from previously-incurable genetic disorders  
  • (Hopefully), you will see the incredible future and opportunities this subject offers for the development of treatments for any number of unmet medical needs, and the potential benefits to humanity waiting to be tapped into (in your future careers!)  
  • You will acquire core practical laboratory skills
  • This course will prepare you for advanced study of molecular medical sciences
  • Wider transferrable skills such as creativity, independent research, 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
Co-ordinators
  • Dr I.R. Greig

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

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, and then apply this towards the development of new therapeutic agents. 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, the functions of these proteins, and finally to how we make use of all this in the development of new disease treatments.


Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Science Laboratory during University weeks 8 - 14
  • 1 Lecture during University weeks 8, 10, 15
  • 3 Lectures during University weeks 9, 11, 13 - 14
  • 2 Lectures during University weeks 12, 16 - 17
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 9, 16
  • 1 Workshop during University week17

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Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Summative Assessments

Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 30
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Cloning Practical

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Computer Programme Practical

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 10
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Exam

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 40
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Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Resit Assessments

Exam

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 100
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Course Learning Outcomes

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