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Postgraduate Course: Applications of Synthetic Biology (PGBI11094)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Biological Sciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Course typeStandard AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits10
Home subject areaPostgraduate Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionApplications of Synthetic Biology will provide examples of research which has applied synthetic biology tools or techniques to a particular problem. The course will seek to teach students the theory behind the applications; encouraging understanding, which will allow new uses and application in alternative areas to become apparent.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  20
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 13/01/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 20, Formative Assessment Hours 3, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 75 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
Analytical skills, the ability to assess the relative merits of new methods and application of these
The capacity to recognise and critically appraise the opportunities presented by new biological discoveries
The ability to look at a wide range of problems from the perspective of solving these with innovative bio-based solutions
Assessment Information
The course will be assessed by:
A peer and staff-assessed presentation of a synthetic biology paper (30%)
A 2000 word essay to include a brief summary of the paper presented and in depth answers to the questions arising at the presentation (70%)
Special Arrangements
None
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Lecture Subject
1 Synthetic life Louise Horsfall (SBS)
2 Biofuels and bioenergy Chris French (SBS)
3 Bioremediation Louise Horsfall (SBS)
4 Artificial photosynthesis Andrew Millar (SBS)
5 Antibiotics and natural product synthesis Gary Loake (SBS)
6 Vaccine development Garry Blakely (SBS)
7 Non-ribosomal peptides Jon Marles-Wright (SBS)
8 Synthetic communities Andrew Free (SBS)
9 Medical and veterinary applications Jamie Davies (Centre for Integrative Physiology)
10 Future, fun and disaster Alistair Elfick (School of Engineering)
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Not entered
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsASB
Contacts
Course organiserDr Louise Horsfall
Tel: (0131 6)50 5363
Email: Louise.Horsfall@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMrs Jennifer Morris
Tel: (0131 6)50 5513
Email: jennie.morris@ed.ac.uk
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