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BL2302   Molecular Biology

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 15

ECTS credits : 7

Level : SCQF level 8

Semester: 1

Planned timetable: Lectures: 9.00 am Thu, Fri (odd weeks) 9.00 am Wed, Thu, Fri (even weeks) Practicals: 2.00 pm - 5.00 pm Mon or Tue (weeks 2, 4, 7, 9 & 11)

Molecular biology is an essential tool within modern biology, widely used in biochemistry, cell biology and ecology. This module will provide an introduction to modern molecular biology. Lectures will cover fundamental biological processes such as transcription, translation, DNA replication and repair - as well as touch on the genomics revolution and how this has influenced the field. These concepts will be reinforced through laboratory practical classes where students will develop their practical skills and be exposed to the use of basic bioinformatics resources to analyse and interpret data.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass BL1101 and pass BL1102

Anti-requisite(s): You cannot take this module if you take BL2104

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 3 x 1-hour in even weeks and 2 x 1-hour in odd weeks, 3-hour practical (x 5 weeks)

Scheduled learning hours: 39

Guided independent study hours: 111

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 70%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 30%

Re-assessment: 2-Hour Written Examination = 50%, Existing Coursework = 50% (if Exam failed) Existing Examination = 50%, New Coursework = 50% (if Coursework failed) 2-hour Written Examination = 100% (if coursework and exam failed) 2-hour Written Examination = 100% (for Qualified Honours Entry)


Module teaching staff: Team taught