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2007/08 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

BIOL5298M Advanced Genetic Analysis MRes Research Project

60 creditsClass Size: 10

Module manager: Dr Judith Smith

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2007/08

Pre-requisite qualifications

Degree in Genetics or related subject

This module is mutually exclusive with

BIOL5290MBioscience MSc Research Proj
BIOL5299MBioscience MRes Research Proj

This module is not approved as an Elective


On completion of this module, students should be able to show theoretical understanding in the use of techniques for advanced genetic anaylsis.
Students will have first hand experience of a specialised techniques which they will have employed in the context of a research project.


The module aims to deliver training in the use of advanced genetic analyses in order to interpret the wealth of
information stemming from genome projects. A broad spectrum of techniques is available ranging from core
bioinformatics training, through to gene expression analysis, ratification of gene function and mapping of disease-associated polymorphisms. The training is delivered through research projects. The project will be assessed by project application, report, seminar and viva.
Students may undertake projects which are thematically linked with their project for BIOL5297M but the project must involve training in a different advanced techniques with a different supervisor.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours200.00
Total Contact hours400.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)600.00

Private study

Literature work and proposal;
Reading and preparation of dissertation and oral presentation.
200 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

At the onset of the project the student will prepare a proposal which will be assessed, marked and returned with feedback to the students. Monthly recorded progress meetings will be held between the students and supervisors to discuss progress and future research plans.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Research ProposalProposal (up to 3,000 words)15.00
ReportReport (up to 15,000 words) plus any software produced60.00
Group DiscussionSeminar15.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 25/02/2008


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