Advanced Studies in Molecular Biosciences

A modular course in which students will critically examine current literature on experimental systems used to advance knowledge in their fields of choice ranging from Plant Science, Microbiology, to Molecular and Cell Biology, Genetics and/or Biochemistry.

Course code

Qualifications are made up of courses. Some universities call these papers. Each course is numbered using six digits.



The fourth number of the course code shows the level of the course. For example, in course 219206, the fourth number is a 2, so it is a 200-level course (usually studied in the second year of full-time study).



Each course is worth a number of credits. You combine courses (credits) to meet the total number of credits needed for your qualification.



Biochemistry, College of Sciences courses

Course planning information

Course notes

A modular course in which students will critically examine the experimental systems used to advance knowledge in topics chosen from Plant Science, Microbiology, Molecular and Cell Biology, Genetics and Biochemistry.

Attendance at discussion sessions is mandatory.

Expected prior learning

BSc in biological science with a significant proportion of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Plant Sciences, and/or Microbiology, or equivalent

Prerequisite courses

Complete first
One of 120303, 120306, 122301, 122303, 122322, 122327, 123326, 162301, 162304, 194342, 194346, 196318, 203300, 203307, 203310, 203311, 203340, 203341, 203342, 203343

You need to complete the above course or courses before moving onto this one.

General progression requirements

You may enrol in a postgraduate course (that is a 700-, 800- or 900-level course) if you meet the prerequisites for that course and have been admitted to a qualification which lists the course in its schedule.

Learning outcomes

What you will learn. Knowledge, skills and attitudes you’ll be able to show as a result of successfully finishing this course.

  • 1 Produce written critical analyses of the primary literature.
  • 2 Critically evaluate scientific approaches as they pertain to the publication of research findings.
  • 3 Effectively communicate scientific results and thought through both written and oral media.
  • 4 Effectively communicate or demonstrate experimental approaches relevant to the discipline.

Learning outcomes can change before the start of the semester you are studying the course in.


Assessment Learning outcomes assessed Weighting
Written Assignment 1 2 3 4 25%
Written Assignment 1 2 3 4 25%
Written Assignment 1 2 3 4 25%
Oral/Performance/Presentation 2 3 4 25%

Assessment weightings can change up to the start of the semester the course is delivered in.

You may need to take more assessments depending on where, how, and when you choose to take this course.

Explanation of assessment types

Computer programmes
Computer animation and screening, design, programming, models and other computer work.
Creative compositions
Animations, films, models, textiles, websites, and other compositions.
Exam College or GRS-based (not centrally scheduled)
An exam scheduled by a college or the Graduate Research School (GRS). The exam could be online, oral, field, practical skills, written exams or another format.
Exam (centrally scheduled)
An exam scheduled by Assessment Services (centrally) – you’ll usually be told when and where the exam is through the student portal.
Oral or performance or presentation
Debates, demonstrations, exhibitions, interviews, oral proposals, role play, speech and other performances or presentations.
You may be assessed on your participation in activities such as online fora, laboratories, debates, tutorials, exercises, seminars, and so on.
Creative, learning, online, narrative, photographic, written, and other portfolios.
Practical or placement
Field trips, field work, placements, seminars, workshops, voluntary work, and other activities.
Technology-based or experience-based simulations.
Laboratory, online, multi-choice, short answer, spoken, and other tests – arranged by the school.
Written assignment
Essays, group or individual projects, proposals, reports, reviews, writing exercises, and other written assignments.

Textbooks needed

There are no set texts for this course.