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BIOT8008 - Molecular Biol for Comp Sc 1

Title:Molecular Biol for Comp Sc 1
Long Title:Molecular Biology for Computer Scientists 1
Module Code:BIOT8008
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Advanced
Field of Study: Biotechnology
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2011/12 ( September 2011 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: BRENDAN O CONNELL
Module Author: HUGH MC GLYNN
Module Description: An introduction to contemporary molecular biology for students who do not have a biology background.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Interpret the atomic interactions found in biological molecules.
LO2 Critically examine the structure of DNA and RNA and outline DNA replication, transcription and translation.
LO3 Critically analyse the structures of amino acids, peptides and proteins and interpret computer representations of protein structures.
LO4 Appraise the principles underlying gene cloning and DNA sequencing.
LO5 Recommend how proteins are purified and sequenced.
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 CIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
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Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Nucleic acids
DNA/RNA structure (review); Physical properties of nucleic acids, overview of the genetic code and the flow of information from DNA to RNA to Protein.
An overview of protein structure (1°, 2°, 3° and 4°), Regulation of protein function and introduction to enzyme kinetics
Prokaryotic and eukaryote gene organization, transcription and translation
Prokaryotic and eukaryote gene organisation and function; Comparison between prokaryotic and eukaryotic gene structure; promotors, Initiation and termination of transcription; Translation; Operons; Gene induction and repression.
An introduction to ‘Omincs’ technologies in molecular biology
Genomics (large scale DNA sequencing and annotation), Proteomics (protein identification and sequencing), transcriptomics (gene chip and microarray technologies).
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Wet lab experimentation and detailed write-ups to be submitted online 4,5 30.0 Every Week
Short Answer Questions Exhibit a thorough understanding of the concepts covered in the module. 1,2,3,4,5 70.0 Sem End
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 combination of face to face and blended learning 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Lab Introduction to wet lab techniques in molecular biology 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) e-portfolio 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
  • Bruce Alberts... [et al.], Molecular biology of the cell [ISBN: 0815316208]
  • William W. Cohen 2007, A computer scientist's guide to cell biology, Springer [New York] [ISBN: 9780387482781]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
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Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_SCMPB_9 Master of Science in Computational Biology 1 Elective

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