Biology Online Module Handbook

BL4279 The CRISPR system for Antiviral Defence and Genome Engineering

(BL4279 online module handbook version )

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image: CRISPR

The discovery of the CRISPR system, which provides adaptive antiviral immunity in prokaryotes, has made facile genome engineering a reality. This has resulted in an ongoing revolution in molecular biology and opened the door to a wide variety of applications in healthcare, agriculture and biotechnology. It also raises many ethical considerations. In this module, students will study the molecular biology of the CRISPR system in prokaryotes in depth, touching on the history of discovery, biological mechanisms and the context of antiviral defence systems. Building on this, students will gain an appreciation of the potential applications of this technology in biotechnology and healthcare, and develop a proposal for a novel application, taking into account the practical and ethical considerations.*

Credits: 15*

Semester: 1

Module Organiser
Prof Malcolm White
mfw2@st-andrews.ac.uk
01334 463432
Pre-requisite Modules:
Before taking this module you must pass BL3302*
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

BL4279: Timetable

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tutorial
workshop
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Semester 1: Week 2

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Thursday
27-09-2018
14:00 to 16:00
Purdie Building
LT-D
Prof Malcolm White

Lecture L1: Introduction to Lecture
2018-9_BL4279_L1

Semester 1: Week 3

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Thursday
04-10-2018
10:00 to 12:00
Mathematical Institute
LT-B
Prof Malcolm White
T.Gloster
Lecture L2: Ethics lecture and discussion
2018-9_BL4279_L2

Semester 1: Week 4

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Thursday
11-10-2018
14:00 to 16:00
Purdie Building
LT-D
Prof Malcolm White

Lecture L3: Class 2 CRISPR systems
2018-9_BL4279_L3

Semester 1: Week 5

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Thursday
18-10-2018
14:00 to 16:00
Purdie Building
LT-D
Prof Malcolm White

Lecture L4: Applications of CRISPR
2018-9_BL4279_L4

Semester 1: Week 7

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Monday
29-10-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Mathematical Institute
Tutorial room 1C
Prof Malcolm White

Workshop W1: 1st student presentations
2018-9_BL4279_W1

Semester 1: Week 8

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Friday
09-11-2018
14:00 to 16:00
The Gateway
Seminar Room 3
Prof Malcolm White

Workshop W2: Ethics debate
2018-9_BL4279_W2

Semester 1: Week 9

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Wednesday
14-11-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Mathematical Institute
tutorial room 1D
Prof Malcolm White

Workshop W3: Second student presentation
2018-9_BL4279_W3

Semester 1: Week 10

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Friday
23-11-2018
14:00 to 16:00
The Gateway
Seminar room 3
Prof Malcolm White

Tutorial T1: Paper analysis (exam prep)
2018-9_BL4279_T1

Semester 1: Week 11

DATE & TIMEVENUESTAFFEVENT
Wednesday
28-11-2018
14:00 to 17:00
Mathematical Institute
Tutorial room 1D
Prof Malcolm White

Workshop W4: Third student presentation
2018-9_BL4279_W4
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)

BL4279: Assessment

Coursework = 60%, 1.5-hour Written Examination = 40%*

(MMS assessment data cached: 14 November 2018 23:20:08.)


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 (Prof Malcolm White mfw2@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Marking on continuous assessment The Demonstrator or Module Organiser (Prof Malcolm White mfw2@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Marking on exams Module Organiser (Prof Malcolm White mfw2@st-andrews.ac.uk)
Rearranging practical days Grant Brown
Absence and/or extensions Module Organiser (Prof Malcolm White mfw2@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

BL4279: Contributing Staff

Prof Malcolm White

Prof Malcolm White
(Module Organiser)

Professormfw2@st-andrews.ac.uk
Prof Malcolm WhiteProf Malcolm White
(Module Organiser)
Professormfw2@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)

BL4279: Learning Outcomes

No details are currently available for Learning Outcomes

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)

BL4279: Acquired Skills

No details are currently available for Acquired Skills

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)