|Faculty or Section :||Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences|
|School or Department :||School of Agriculture and Environmental Science|
|Student contribution band :||Band 2|
|Grading basis :||Graded|
|Version produced :||16 May 2022|
Significant advances have occurred in the fields of cellular and molecular biology. This course serves to develop an understanding of the fundamental principles and current techniques in cell and molecular biology. The course will provide students with a theoretical knowledge in advanced molecular biology including genome structure in prokaryotic, eukaryotic and viral systems. The course particularly aims to provide an understanding of the regulation of subcellular and intercellular processes through lectures and laboratory activities. This course will provide an in depth understanding of current investigative tools in cell and molecular biology that are both laboratory and in silico based. The impact of these technologies in the fields of medicine, agriculture and biotechnology are explored.
This course is for students who have completed a basic course in cell and molecular biology. Drawing on this knowledge base, the course addresses the nature of gene organisation in prokaryotic eukaryotic and viral systems. Potential applications of recombinant DNA technology, conventional molecular laboratory procedures and bioinformatics in biotechnology, agriculture and medicine are also discussed. This course also examines advanced aspects of cell structure, transport and membrane function. Signalling processes that regulate cell function both in healthy and diseased states are also investigated, together with the regulation of the cell cycle, programmed cell death and tumorigenesis. Students will gain experience in the development and application of conventional, in silico and recombinant molecular technologies for organizing, analysing and interpreting complex cellular function and signalling data.
This course contains a highly recommended residential school for both external and on-campus students (non-attendance will mean the student misses both an element for assessment preparation and an element of assessment).