BIOS 3034 Molecular Biotechnology
Credit Points 10
Coordinator Mark Jones Opens in new window
Description Molecular techniques in cell biology are rapidly developing and offer new solutions to disease mitigation, as well as sustainable solutions to environmental and industrial imperatives. The fundamental cellular processes along with stem cell development, transformation, transfection, cell engineering and re-programming are some of the advanced applications covered in this unit. Students will conduct guided projects investigating the action of hormones, growth factors, morphogens and bio-actives; their receptors and signalling pathways and the cellular responses they trigger. Molecular Biotechnology covers modern techniques in cell screening, cell culture, advanced characterization and experimental approaches enabling dynamic understanding of live microbial, animal and plant cells.
Student Contribution Band HECS Band 2 10cp
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Level Undergraduate Level 3 subject
Equivalent Subjects BIOS 3001 - Advanced Cell Biology
- Critically analyse and statistically evaluate biological data from a range sources.
- Evaluate biological mechanisms by articulating the principle intra-cellular components controlling microbial, animal and plant cell form and function.
- Analyse the molecular mechanisms and rate by which cells can be induced to respond to variable stimuli.
- Apply technical and interpretive skills to modify microbial, plant and animal cell for biotechnology applications.
- Ethically design and evaluate computational experiments in animal, plant or microbial biology.
- Propose sustainable molecular biotechnology strategies following cultural, ethical and legal frameworks.
2. The interrelationship and responsiveness of cells with their immediate environment including molecular modifications to respond to variable stimuli and rapid change.
3. Cell communication through: receptor-ligand binding and bio-active molecule interactions, molecular modifications and reporter systems of cell signalling molecules and bio-remediation.
4. Cell division and differentiation, adaptation and modification through molecular re-programming, induction of pluripotent stem cells, regulation of cell cycle as well as cell death.
5. Application of advanced cell biology techniques, including skills relevant to microbial, animal and plant cell culture methods.
6. Cell characterisation with techniques including real-time Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), hyperspectral and fluorescence characterization and image analysis techniques.
7. Development of professional molecular strategies to modify cells for sustainable environmental and industrial applications and disease control, in the context of cultural, ethical and legal frameworks.
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.
|Critical Review||1,500 words||30||N||Individual|
|Experiment Report - eNotebook||2,000 words or equivalent||30||N||Individual|
|Research Proposal||3,500 words||40||N||Individual|
2022 Semester 2
Subject Contact Mark Jones Opens in new window
Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.