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Last modified: 25 May 2018 11:16

Course Overview

  • This course covers four main areas of advanced research-led molecular biology:
    • Genome Organisation and Analysis
    • Evolution of Protein Structure and Function
    • Control of Gene Expression
    • The Dynamic Cell
  • The course also teaches you about the scientific methods and discoveries that lie behind the above topics and covers detailed examples from the current scientific literature

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr John Barrow

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Programme Level 4

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

  • One of Intercalating (Studied) or MB3005 The Molecular Biology of the Cell (Passed) or MB3006 The Molecular Biology of the Cell (Passed)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

- Genome-wide approaches leading to understanding conserved processes in animal development and behaviour. - Yeast as a paradigm for investigating genome function. - Genome sequencing and the origin and evolution of human biology. - Antibodies and protein engineering. - Protein structure and folding. - Structure/function analysis by molecular genetics. - Transcriptional, post-transcriptional and translational control in eukaryotes. - Gene expression control mechanisms in prokaryotes. - Establishment and maintenance of cell polarity in yeasts. - Regulation of polarity during embryogenesis. - Tissue development and pattern formation in whole body plans.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown


More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 1 three-hour written paper (70%); in-course assessment (30%) consisting of mini assessement.

Essays take on average 30 minutes each to mark with feedback. Essays submitted via MyAberdeen and feedback directly via MyAberdeen.
Short Reviews will take 20 min to mark.

Formative Assessment

- Mock exams with personal tutor allows students to practice for essay based exams and receive feedback on their performance. - Practice exam questions on MyAberdeen. - Problem-solving sessions with personal tutor.


- Essays will be marked with written comments. - Problem solving questions will be discussed during a lecture/feedback session. - Tutorial sessions will provide feedback on course content. - Comments will be provided on the mock exam question. - Feedback on problem-based learning exercise.

Course Learning Outcomes


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