Biology Online Module Handbook

BL2309 Applied Molecular Biology

(BL2309 online module handbook version 26)

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image: Applied Molecular Biology €" A Powerful Box of Tools

Techniques in molecular biology represent a powerful box of tools that are used to address a wide variety of modern research questions across a broad range of biological disciplines including; ecology, biotechnology, cell biology, medicine, conservation biology, infectious disease, evolution, genetics and synthetic biology. Key molecular biology techniques will be introduced in the context of case studies that will provide examples of how molecular biology techniques are being used in cutting edge research to address real-life questions and problems that impact health, food security, the environment and the economy.*

Credits: 15*

Semester: 2

Module Organiser
Dr Catherine Adamson
csa21@st-andrews.ac.uk
01334 461868
Pre-requisite Modules:
Before taking this module you must pass BL1101 and pass BL1102*
Anti-requisite Modules:
*
Post-requisite Modules:
*
Additional Module Information:
Please check MMS regularly for additional module information


Biology Teaching Office:
The Biology Hive, New Technology Centre, University of St Andrews, North Haugh, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9SR

Email: bioteach@st-andrews.ac.uk      Tel: 01334  463602

BL2309: Timetable

No details are currently available for BL2309 Timetable

Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
* University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

BL2309: Assessment

2-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%*

(MMS assessment data cached: 15 November 2018 23:20:10.)


The following related information applies to all Biology modules:

School of Biology Marking Criteria: See School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook
Late submission of continuous assessment work:

All late submissions of coursework that do not require electronic submission should be made via the late submissions box in the Biomolecular Science Building (beside the Teaching Office)
Exam details: See School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook
Exam timetable: see http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/students/academic/examinations/examtimetablescurrent/
Expected attendance: See School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook for detailed attendance requirements.
Good Academic Practice & Avoiding Academic Misconduct: See School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook
University Student Handbook: University Student Handbook
School and University regulations in the School and University Undergraduate Handbook relating to absence reporting, penalties and rules for late submission of work, extensions for coursework, return of coursework, S-coding, good academic practice and Academic Alerts.: School of Biology Undergraduate Handbook University Student Handbook
Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
* University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

Who to ask

(Information in this section applies to all Biology Modules)

Questions about different aspects of the module should be directed to different people:

Questions about Contact
General teaching matters Biology Teaching Office ( bioteach@st-andrews.ac.uk )
Rescheduled or cancelled events Check your University email
Lecture or practical content The lecturer who presented the material
Completing assessed practical assignments The lecturer who set the assignment
Completing assessments Module Organiser (Dr Catherine Adamson csa21@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Marking on continuous assessment The Demonstrator or Module Organiser (Dr Catherine Adamson csa21@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Marking on exams Module Organiser (Dr Catherine Adamson csa21@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Rearranging practical days Grant Brown
Absence and/or extensions Module Organiser (Dr Catherine Adamson csa21@st-andrews.ac.uk) and the Biology Teaching Office ( bioteach@st-andrews.ac.uk )

Difficulties with academic progress which impact more than one module:

Year Coordinator

See School of Biology Undergraduate student handbook for list: http://biology.st-andrews.ac.uk/documents/UndergraduateHandbook.pdf

Overall performance, progress or future directions:

Advisor of Studies

Disability:

Disability Coordinator (Dr Jacqueline Nairn jn37@st-andrews.ac.uk)

Biology Teaching Office:

The Biology Hive, New Technology Centre, University of St Andrews, North Haugh, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9SR

Email: bioteach@st-andrews.ac.uk

Tel: 01334 463602

BL2309: Contributing Staff

Dr Catherine Adamson

Dr Catherine Adamson
(Module Organiser)

Lecturer in Molecular Medicinecsa21@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Catherine AdamsonDr Catherine Adamson
(Module Organiser)
Lecturer in Molecular Medicinecsa21@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Dave FerrierDr Dave FerrierReader in Biology and Deputy Director of the Scottish Oceans Institutedekf@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Jacqueline NairnDr Jacqueline NairnSenior Lecturer jn37@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr Gerald PrescottSenior Lecturergrp2@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr David ShukerDr David ShukerSenior Lecturer in Behavioural Ecologydms14@st-andrews.ac.uk
Dr V Anne SmithDr V Anne SmithSenior Lecturervas1@st-andrews.ac.uk
Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
* University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

BL2309: Learning Outcomes

Students completing module BL2309 successfully should be able to:

  • identify a range of key techniques that are commonly used in molecular biology.
  • describe the concepts behind key molecular biology techniques, which generally require the manipulation of DNA, RNA, protein or lipid.
  • discuss examples of how molecular biology techniques are used to address current questions and problems across a broad range of biological disciplines.
  • have insight into the topic: The era of omics
  • have insight into the topic: Gene editing
  • have insight into the topic: Molecular evolution and comparative genomics
  • have insight into the topic: Molecular tools in ecology
  • have insight into the topic: Molecular tools in infectious disease
  • have insight into the topic: Genetically modified crops
  • have insight into the topic: Synthetic biology
Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
* University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

BL2309: Acquired Skills

Practical Skills

  • Database interogation

Transferable Skills

  • Short group presentation on given topic (up to 15 min)
  • "Short" practical write-up (e.g. completed worksheet)
  • Critically evaluating sources/information
  • Finding information on the web
  • Searching databases
  • Problem-solving questions
  • Calculations/equations
  • Concentrations
  • Data analysis
  • Data presentation
  • Descriptive statistics
  • Linear regression
  • Logarithms
  • Phylogenetic analysis
  • Powers of ten
  • Produce graphs/figures
  • Produce tables
  • Use Excel
  • Use other data analysis software
  • Working in pairs/small groups
Data Sources: information in this online module handbook is gathered from several sources.
Small footnote marks beside content, or by section titles indicate the source.
* University of St Andrews Module Catalogue
School of Biology Symbiosis Database (module organisers only)
University of St Andrews MMS (St Andrews users only)

Policies

(Information in this section applies to all Biology Modules)