Undergraduate Course: Molecular Genetics 3 (BILG09002)
|School||School of Biological Sciences
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||A core course in molecular genetics. The course covers chromosome structure and organisation; gene expression and RNA processing in prokaryotes and eukaryotes; genetic engineering; genetic stability and instability; transposable elements and DNA rearrangements; genetic analysis; mouse genetics and transgenesis. The lectures are complemented by tutorials and by practical sessions that provide hands-on experience of genetical and molecular genetical manipulations.
Understanding the molecular nature of the genetic material has revolutionised the study of biology. Molecular Genetics 3 is a course designed to provide the student with knowledge and understanding of this field and is recommended for entry into many senior Honours courses.
The different sections of the course cover:
regulation of gene expression and RNA processing
chromosome structure, organisation and segregation
genetic stability and instability
mouse genetics and transgenesis
The lectures are complemented by tutorials and by practical sessions that provide hands-on experience of genetic analysis and molecular manipulations. Assessment is by a combination of assessed course essay, a data handling session, PeerWise, practical quizzes and a degree exam.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
|| Students MUST have passed:
Genes and Gene Action 2 (BILG08003)
It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed
The Dynamic Cell 2 (BILG08009)
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| Lab coats will be supplied but students should provide a notebook and marker pen.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Equivalent of the courses listed above
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 21,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 16,
Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 26,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1,
Summative Assessment Hours 4,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Students are required to obtain an aggregate mark of 40% based on the weighting of marks for one examination and four in-course components of assessment.
Paper 1. Written paper: a two-hour written examination in December (week 12) will contribute 50% of the final mark.
In-course components of assessment:
1. Essay: The essay should not be more than 2500 words and will be chosen from a list of ten titles provided in week 1. The essay should be handed in by the beginning of week 6 and will contribute 20% of the final mark.
2. Data handling session: A 3hr problem solving session will be undertaken in week 10, on the 24th November from 1000-1300. This will be used to test the students ability to interpret and analyse scientific data. The data-handling session will contribute 20% of the final mark.
3. PeerWise: Students are required to create at least two questions and comment on five of their peers questions. 5% of the final mark.
4. Practical Quizzes: There will be three practical quizzes, one for each practical. 5% of the final mark.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S1 (December)||Molecular Genetics 3||2:00|
|Resit Exam Diet (August)||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Be able to explain chromosome structure, organisation and segregation, and the major processes involved in the regulation of gene expression.
- Be able to explain the mechanisms involved in genetic recombination and transposition, and to understand their importance in maintaining and disrupting genome stability and in genome modification.
- Demonstrate an ability to critically analyse molecular genetic data.
- Demonstrate an ability to research and compose an essay on a defined scientific topic in molecular genetics.
- Be able to carry out and interpret laboratory experiments in molecular genetics.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Research and enquiry
Personal and intellectual autonomy
|Course organiser||Prof David Leach
Tel: (0131 6)50 5373/5372
|Course secretary||Mrs Carolyn Wilson
Tel: (0131 6)50 8651