203240

Molecular and Cellular Biology

A course on molecular biology including the structure of DNA, its replication, how DNA is repaired when damaged, and how genes are expressed to make proteins in prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. Topics such as protein transport, protein structure and function, signal transduction, and epigenetics will also be covered. Students will do practical course work that complements and illustrates concepts presented in the lectures.

Course code

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203240

Level

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).

200-level

Credits

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

15

Subject

Genetics

Course planning information

Prerequisite courses

Complete first

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

Restrictions

Choose just one

The courses listed above have similar content to this one meaning you can only enrol in this course or one of the listed courses. Only one of the courses can be credited towards your qualification.

General progression requirements

You must complete at least 45 credits from 100-level before enrolling in 200-level courses.

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 Describe and explain the major molecular mechanisms involved in DNA replication, repair, transcription, translation, and regulation of gene expression.
  • 2 Describe the roles of signal transduction pathways in relaying signals from the extracellular environment to the cell.
  • 3 Explain the fundamental processes that determine the structure and function of a protein.
  • 4 Describe the basic experimental tools that are used to manipulate DNA and proteins in vitro and explain how these tools are applied in procedures such as DNA sequencing and genetic diagnosis.
  • 5 Competently carry out numerical calculations required for general laboratory work on biochemistry and molecular biology.

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

Assessments

Assessment Learning outcomes assessed Weighting
Test 5 5%
Test 4 5 20%
Written Assignment 4 5 5%
Test 1 2 3 20%
Exam (centrally scheduled) 1 2 3 4 5 50%

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.
Participation
You may be assessed on your participation in activities such as online fora, laboratories, debates, tutorials, exercises, seminars, and so on.
Portfolio
Creative, learning, online, narrative, photographic, written, and other portfolios.
Practical or placement
Field trips, field work, placements, seminars, workshops, voluntary work, and other activities.
Simulation
Technology-based or experience-based simulations.
Test
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

Textbooks can change. We recommend you wait until at least seven weeks before the semester starts to buy your textbooks.

Highly recommended

MOLECULAR BIOLOGY

Author
WEAVER, ROBERT. F.
ISBN
9780073525327
Edition
5TH EDITION
Publisher
MCGRAW-HILL

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