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BLGY2132 Advanced Practical Skills for Genetics

10 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Dr Julie Aspden

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

This module is mutually exclusive with

BIOL2301Intermediate Skills for Biological Sciences
BIOL2305Integrated Skills for Biosciences 2
MICR2320Skills for Microbiologists 2

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module aims to provide training in experimental techniques, data collection and analysis, problem solving, and teamwork relevant to the multi-disciplinary arena of molecular biology and genetics.


- To gain knowledge and experience on laboratory techniques specific to molecular biology and genetics and in experimental design.
- To gain lab writing skills, team-work and numeracy skills;
- This module introduces more advanced experimental designs and fosters greater independence in planning and execution of experiments.

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of and competence in an extended range of laboratory equipment and practical techniques current to molecular biology and genetics;
2. Record, analyse and interpret a variety of experimental data including the appropriate use of simple statistical tests;
3. Propose hypotheses and design controlled experiments and/or strategies to investigate these;
4. Apply knowledge of the discipline to solve biological problems.
5. Create records of experiments;
6. Analyse and critically evaluate experimental data and put them into a broader context of scientific literature in an extended report.

Skills outcomes
- To gain knowledge and experience on laboratory techniques specific to molecular biology and genetics and in experimental design.
- To gain communication skills (oral and written), team-work and numeracy skills.


Students will undertake a range of experiments using biochemical and molecular techniques including gene cloning, PCR, mutagenesis, gel electrophoresis, protein expression, Western blotting, bioinformatics & aseptic technique.

Through these experiments they will further develop their technical competence, as well as their ability to record results, interpret a wider variety of data types and form conclusions that do not exceed reasonable interpretation of the data.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours42.00
Total Contact hours58.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Private study time will involve preparation for the lab classes (studying the protocols provided, materials on Minerva), keeping lab notebook after each practical and the production of the assessed practical reports.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Feedback on lab notebooks.
- General feedback sessions on lab reports.
- Completion of summative coursework, with specific feedback.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ReportReport Unit 120.00
ReportReport Unit 280.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Practical reports will have s-coding (students who don't attend have mark capped at 40). The resit format will be an alternative piece of work involving data analysis and presentation.

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 20/09/2022 15:09:40


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