BIOS 2026 Molecular Biology

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 300817

Coordinator Liza Cubeddu Opens in new window

Description Molecular biology is central to many fields of the biomedical and natural sciences, and includes genetics, immunology, cell biology, biochemistry, and forensics. Through comparative studies of different organisms, this unit will describe fundamental concepts and methods in the study of DNA and RNA and the application of molecular biology in advanced fields such as genomics. Subjects will include DNA replication; transcriptional, post-transcriptional and epigenetic regulation of gene expression; microarrays, and an introduction to bioinformatics. Practical work will provide opportunities to become familiar with the methods of molecular biology, with an emphasis on the development of problem solving and analytical skills

School Science

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 2 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 2 subject

Pre-requisite(s) BIOS 2014 OR
BIOS 2018 OR
BIOS 2021

Equivalent Subjects BIOS 3020 - Molecular Biology BIOS 3015 - Human Molecular Biology

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Structure of DNA, genes and chromatin.
  2. Key processes of DNA replication and protein synthesis including transcription and translation
  3. Transcriptional and post-transcriptional regulation of RNA; epigenetics, polyadenylation, RNA splicing and RNA interference.
  4. Analysis of DNA and RNA; Polymerase chain reaction (PCR), DNA sequencing, reverse transcriptase PCR, cloning, microarray analysis, and introductory bioinformatics.
  5. Techniques of molecular biology; including laboratory practicals and skills in the design, analysis and interpretation of experiments.

Subject Content

Structure of DNA, genes and chromatin.
Key processes of DNA replication and protein synthesis including transcription and translation
Transcriptional and post-transcriptional regulation of RNA; epigenetics, polyadenylation, RNA splicing and RNA interference.
Analysis of DNA and RNA; Polymerase chain reaction (PCR), DNA sequencing, reverse transcriptase PCR, cloning, microarray analysis, and introductory bioinformatics.
Techniques of molecular biology; including laboratory practicals and skills in the design, analysis and interpretation of experiments.

Assessment

The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Online Multiple Choice Quiz (Online Problem Solving) 1 hour 15 N Individual
Laboratory Practical Component and Critical Analysis 1,500 words 45 Y Individual
Final Examination 2 hours 40 Y Individual

Prescribed Texts

  • Michael M. Cox, Jennifer A. Doudna, Michael O�fDonnell, (2015) Molecular Biology- Principles and Practice, 2nd Edition W. H. Freeman, New York

Teaching Periods