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Postgraduate Course: Applications of Synthetic Biology (PGBI11094)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Biological Sciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryApplications 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.
Course description Lecture Subjects
1 Synthetic life. Elise Cachat
2 Biofuels and bioenergy. Chris French
3 Biomaterials. Lynne Regan
4 Engineering photosynthesis. Alistair McCormick
5 Bioremediation. Louise Horsfall
6 Global health applications. Garry Blakely
7 Assessment guidance. Louise Horsfall
8 Synthetic communities. Andrew Free
9 Medical and veterinary applications. Jamie Davies
10 Future, fun and disaster. Louise Horsfall
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  50
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 10, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Formative Assessment Hours 4, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 74 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) The course will be assessed by:

- A staff-assessed presentation of a synthetic biology paper (30%)
Peer feedback will be shared following the presentations.

- 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%)
Feedback - Presentation:
Written Feedback

- Essay:
Written Feedback
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Analytical skills, the ability to assess the relative merits of new methods and application of these
  2. The capacity to recognise and critically appraise the opportunities presented by new biological discoveries
  3. The ability to look at a wide range of problems from the perspective of solving these with innovative bio-based solutions
Reading List
None
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsASB
Contacts
Course organiserDr Louise Horsfall
Tel: (0131 6)50 5363
Email: Louise.Horsfall@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMs Karen Sutherland
Tel: (0131 6)51 3404
Email: Karen.Sutherland@ed.ac.uk
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