Undergraduate Course: Biotechnology 3 (BILG09014)
|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||The central theme of this course is the application of modern technologies for addressing issues relating to human health and environmental management.
The course of 22 lectures will cover five major themes: (1)food poisoning, food spoilage and food safety, (2) the roles of microorganisms in environmental monitoring, bioremediation and public health, (3) the role of viruses and stem cells in medicine, (4) the biotechnological potential of microorganisms for producing new products, (5) the search for new antibacterial and antifungal agents.
The lecture themes will be linked to laboratory practicals and demonstrations of the application of modern technologies - the 'Biotechnology Toolbox'.
The central theme of the Biotechnology 3 course relates to how modern technologies can be applied in areas relating to human health and disease, environmental management and other aspects of human activity.
The course consists of some 20-22 lectures, with associated practicals and tutorials, focusing in depth on the following topics:
(1) The microbiology of food.
(2) Environmental microbiology and public health.
(3) Genetic engineering technology and synthetic biology.
(4) New products resulting from genetic manipulation in biotechnology, including recombinant antibodies.
(5) Medical biotechnology, including HIV biology and stem cell biology.
(6) Applications of plants in biotechnology.
(7) Life in extreme environments and its exploitation.
Together, these topics represent a 'Biotechnology Toolbox' that should be of interest and value for career development to a large number of students.
Normally requires the following 2nd year courses: (i) Genes and Gene Action 2; and (ii) Microorganisms, Cells and Immunity 2, or alternatively Microorganisms, Infection & Immunity 2. In addition it is recommended that students have passed the 2nd. year The Dynamic Cell 2 course, and attended the 3rd year Molecular Microbiology 3 course.
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 12,
Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 24,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1,
Summative Assessment Hours 4,
Revision Session Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Marks for this course come from two sources:
1. A single theory paper (2 hours), comprising 50% of the final mark. 3 essay-style questions out of a total of 5. April-May exam diet.
2. In-course assessment which contributes 50% of the final mark comprising essay (17.5%), presentation and summary (7.5%) and theory of practical class exam (25%).
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||2:00|
|Resit Exam Diet (August)||2:00|
| 1. To provide basic knowledge and understanding of modern aspects of biotechnology that are applicable to human health, environmental management, food safety, and the development of new commercial products.
2. Through laboratory training, to provide skills in microbiological and biotechnological techniques.
3. Through laboratory exercises, to develop skills in critical observation, investigative and interpretative approaches in biology; to promote careful recording and analysis of laboratory work.
4. Through essays and other assignments, with feedback from teaching staff, to promote scientific writing skills and to encourage the use of library and other reference sources.
5. Through an oral presentation, to promote skills in succinct oral communication of science.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Andrew Smith
Tel: (0131 6)50 6497
|Course secretary||Mr Edward Lithgow
Tel: (0131 6)50 8638