This subject provides an introduction to the theory, experimental design and practice of techniques used in molecular biology and genetic analysis. Students work collaboratively to perform a series of laboratory-based practicals to explore fundamental principles in genetics and molecular genetic analysis of microorganisms and higher organisms. A key component of this subject is the development of analytical skills associated with the interpretation of genetic data and the communication of results.
Intended learning outcomes
By the end of the subject, a student should be able to:
Describe the theoretical basis of techniques used in molecular biology and genetic analysis;
Perform experiments to investigate gene function, test gene interactions and characterise gene expression;
Analyse and interpret experimental data and to apply appropriate statistical analyses to complex datasets;
Collate and present data in a scientific format.
work effectively in small groups or individually to solve problems
experience in following detailed experimental protocols
communicate experimental outcomes in a clear, concise and accurate manner
use of on-line software for data analysis and the retrieval of relevant information
planning of effective work schedules to accomplish laboratory tasks and to meet deadlines