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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
  • 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, 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.

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

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Summative Assessments

Alternative Assessment

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 Assessment

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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