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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 sciences;
  • 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 skills;
  • 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 None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Iain 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.

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 essay examination (70%) and in-course assessment (30%). Continuous assessment comprises: 1 laboratory report, 1 lab related problem solving exercise. Resit: 1 three hour essay examination (70%) and previous continuous assessment (30%).

Formative Assessment

- Case-study exercise with feedback in preparation for summative assessments. - PRS-based revision sessions allow students to receive feedback on their performance. - Practice exam questions on MyAberdeen. - Problem-solving sessions.


- Practical reports 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. - Students are given general feedback on performance during PRS revision sessions. - Feedback on problem-based learning exercise.

Course Learning Outcomes


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