Total Credits: 10
Level: Level 4
Target Students: MSc Molecular and Clinical Microbiology; MSc Microbiology and Immunology; MSc Molecular Genetics and Diagnostics; MSc Immunology and Allergy There are a limited number of places on this module. Students are reminded that enrolments which are not agreed by the Offering School in advance may be cancelled without notice.
|Autumn||Assessed by end of Autumn Semester|
Summary of Content: During the molecular biology practical laboratory sessions students will gain experience of standard techniques related to laboratory research in the fields of immunology, microbiology and genetics. From this they will appreciate the workflow of gene cloning, followed by sequence analysis of genes and their variability, as well as cloning and expression of recombinant proteins. This will be supported by on-line provision of podcasts describing the theory and practice of each laboratory component, as well as videos and animations describing the details of laboratory practice.
Method and Frequency of Class:
|Activity||Number Of Weeks||Number of sessions||Duration of a session|
|Lecture||1 weeks||1 per week||1 hour|
|Practical||8 weeks||1 per week||3 hours|
Method of Assessment:
|Exam 1||70||Problem-based learning exam based on the laboratory notes taken during practical sessions|
|Inclass Exam 1 (Practical)||30||Practical assessment repeating one of the practical sessions under observation (90 minutes)|
Dr A Tarr
Education Aims: To experience a number of molecular analytical techniques currently in use in both research laboratories and NHS Trust Diagnostic laboratories. To experience a range of molecular techniques used in a microbiology laboratory. To learn basic laboratory skills in a safe environment. To encourage independent thought on experimental design and interpretation.
Learning Outcomes: Knowledge and Understanding: Acquire microbiology, immunology and molecular biology practical skills. Read diligently and interpret effectively the materials and methods required to construct a successful experiment Acquire information systemically, process it effectively and draw appropriate conclusions. Make and record accurate observations and measurements. Professional Practical Skills: Undertake scientific experimentation in a controlled and safe manner. Record and analyse data using a suitable style and terminology. Discuss inferences generated and apply them to wider concepts. Apply basic knowledge of practical approaches and techniques Transferable skills: Effective written and spoken communication. Organize and manage the working time. Use and access Communication and Information Technology. Manage and manipulate data Reflect on and assess progress, strengths and drawbacks. Work productively within a team.
Offering School: Life Sciences
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