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C41204 Genes and Cellular Control I (P)
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  11/12

Total Credits: 10

Level: Level 1

Target Students:  Students registered for a degree in the Biological Sciences. All other enquiries should be directed to the Biology office.  Available to JYA/Erasmus students.

Taught Semesters:

Spring Assessed by end of Spring Semester 

Prerequisites: A-level Biology & Chemistry (desirable).


C41202 Genes and Cellular Control I (L) 

Summary of Content:  This practical module complements the parallel module C41202 (Genes and Cellular Control (L)) that runs in the same semester. A series of eight practical experiments will illustrate key principles for the lectures and introduce some of the most important prokaryotic and eukaryotic model organisms used in genetic analysis. The module is assessed continuously using a web based assessment package.

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Practical 10 weeks1 per week3 hours

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:
One 3-hour practical per week.

Method of Assessment: 

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Exam 1 100 Resit and First Sit Assessment (typically taken in August as alternative format to web based assessments for students requiring further assessment) 
Coursework 1 100 3 groups of web-based assessment. The first assessment comprises 30 questions in 40 mins and assessments 2 and 3 each comprise 20 questions in 25 minutes. 

Professor E Louis

Education Aims:  To complete seven practical exercises that illustrate key concepts in Genetics. To introduce four model organisms (E. coli, B. subtilis, S. cerevisiae and D. melanogaster) that have played central roles in the development of Genetics. To reinforce basic lab skills in a SAFE environment. To encourage independent thought on experimental design and interpretation.

Learning Outcomes:  Knowledge and Understanding: A6. Cell and molecular biology Intellectual Skills B4. Acquire substantial quantities of information systematically, process it effectively, and draw appropriate conclusions B5. Make and record accurate observations and measurements Professional Practical Skills C1. Carry out scientific research and evaluate and make use of the material so acquired C2. Write and construct scientific documents (e.g. research reports) using appropriate styles, conventions, and terminology C3. Work safely in the laboratory and assess related safety issues C4. Undertake appropriate experimental design and statistical analysis C5.Undertake practical experimental work using appropriate equipment and instruments C6. Apply basic knowledge of practical approaches and techniques Transferable (key) skills D1. Communicate effectively in writing D2. Communicate effectively in oral presentation D3. Organise and manage their working time, schedule tasks, and meet deadlines D4. Use and access information and communication technology D5. Reflect on and assess their own progress, strengths and weaknesses D6. Manage and manipulate numerical data D7. Work productively with others

Offering School:  Life Sciences

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