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This subject is focussed on the use of molecular techniques to study gene and protein functions in a range of organisms. It aims to provide students with an advanced understanding of the strategies and techniques used in molecular biology of relevance both to the biotechnology industry and to advanced molecular biology research. Topics will be drawn from the current literature and ongoing research in molecular biology.
Intended learning outcomes
Upon completion of this subject students should have:
- a detailed understanding of advanced tools, resources and techniques in molecular biology;
- an understanding of how these techniques are used to study gene and protein functions in cells and organisms;
- an appreciation of how these techniques may be applied both in biotechnology and in advanced research;
- an appreciation of the information resources available to assess the usefulness of a particular technique; and
- acquired the knowledge to enable them to critically appraise new data arising from the use of these techniques and to interpret the implications of such data.
Completion of this subject is expected to enhance the generic skills of a student in:
- the ability to understand how useful experimental tools are built upon an understanding of basic principles of molecular and cellular biology;
- the ability to understand how complex new scientific data is acquired how it is appropriately interpreted;
- understanding the connections between research and the biotechnology industry;
- the ability to read and interpret complex literature in order to answer detailed questions on both theory and methodology
- an appreciation for how modern science is informed by cross-disciplinary studies leading to technological advances
- the ability to use information technology to acquire relevant knowledge for their understanding of the current status of the field and its relevance to society.
Last updated: 2 December 2019