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C41202 Genes and Cellular Control I (L)
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  11/12

Total Credits: 10

Level: Level 1

Target Students:    Available to JYA/Erasmus students.

Taught Semesters:

Spring Assessed by end of Spring Semester 

Prerequisites: A-level Biology and Chemistry (recommended).

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  This lecture module will examine how information in DNA is used to determine the structure of gene products. Topics covered will include: mutations and the agents causing them, inheritance in bacteria and viruses, an introduction to recombinant DNA technology, and the organisation and control of genes in a diversity of organisms, the integration of metabolic activity and an assessment of how these phenomena control growth and development. Module Web Links:
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  • Method and Frequency of Class:

    ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
    Lecture 11 weeks1 per week2 hours
    Lecture 11 weeks1 per week1 hour

    Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester

    Further Activity Details:
    Three lectures per week.

    Method of Assessment: 

    Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
    Exam 1 100 2 hour multiple-choice exam 

    Dr A Chambers

    Education Aims:  The module will provide an understanding of the structure of the genetic material in prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, how the genetic material is maintained and subject to mutation and some of the basic ways in which the genetic material can be manipulated using recombinant DNA technology. It will also cover how the genetic material functions to produce proteins and how genes and their products are regulated in order to control the properties of cells and whole organisms.

    Learning Outcomes:  The student will gain a solid appreciation of genetics and cellular biochemistry which will underpin advanced modules in subsequent years. Knowledge and understanding a student who completes the module will be expected to understand 1) the structures of nucleic acids, how they are packaged inside the cell and how they function to produce proteins 2) how genes and their products can be regulated in response to different signals and the consequences for the properties of cells and organisms 3) the experimental evidence that underlies key concepts in genetics and biochemistry 4) how genetic material can be manipulated using recombinant DNA technology, what is possible and what is science fiction. Intellectual Skills 1) the ability to integrate complex information in a variety of forms into a coherent understanding of a specific topic 2) The ability to recognise the limits of our current understanding of genes and gene function and to identify important outstanding questions 3) The ability to acquire relevant information from additional sources and combine this with the material provided in the lectures. Transferable/Key Skills the ability to manage time effectively and recognise the difference between important key concepts and less essential additional details.

    Offering School:  Life Sciences

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