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GENE7002 - Molecular Biology

Title:Molecular Biology
Long Title:Molecular Biology
Module Code:GENE7002
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Intermediate
Field of Study: Genetics
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2017/18 ( September 2017 )
Module Delivered in 5 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: Brigid Lucey
Module Description: This module covers essential theory and techniques in molecular biology. Topics include genomic organization, gene expression, cloning, hybridization and PCR
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Explain the genomic content of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells.
LO2 Describe the processes involved in gene expression and regulation.
LO3 Discern the appropriate methods to use for genetic analysis in specific situations.
LO4 Perform laboratory practicals that support module theory and analyse, collate and report on data generated.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named MTU module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
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This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Microbial genomes
Bacterial chromosome structure and replication. Mobile genetic elements.
Prokaryotic gene organisation, transcription and translation
Prokaryotic and eukaryotic gene organisation and function. Prokaryotic transcription and translation.
Common techniques in molecular biology: theory and practice
Cloning and restriction enzymes. DNA hybridisation. PCR and applications. Genome sequencing.
Regulation of prokaryotic gene expression
Promoter structure, well-characterized operons, positive and negative regulation. Catabolite repression.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Multiple Choice Questions Theory Assessment 1,2 30.0 Week 6
Short Answer Questions Theory Assessment 2,3 30.0 Sem End
Practical/Skills Evaluation Lab practicals 3,4 40.0 Every Week
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Molecular Biology Theory 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Lab Practical Molecular Biology 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Laboratory reports and review of lecture material 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Tropp BE 2014, Principles of Molecular Biology, First edition Ed., Jones and Bartlett Learning [ISBN: 9781449689179]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Madigan and Martinko 2014, BROCK: The biology of microorgansims, 14th Edition Ed., Pearson [ISBN: 9781292018317]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
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CR_SNHSC_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Nutrition and Health Science 5 Mandatory
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CR_SAGBI_7 Bachelor of Science in Agri-Biosciences 5 Mandatory
CR_SBIBI_7 Bachelor of Science in Applied Biosciences and Biotechnology 5 Mandatory

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