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2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

BLGY3110 Applied Genetics

20 creditsClass Size: 100

Module manager: Dr Andrew Cuming

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

Pre-requisite qualifications

BLGY1232 OR BLGY2262 OR BLGY2175 OR BLGY2296 OR BIOL2111 must be completed before taking this module. See below for module details


BIOL2111Genetic Engineering
BLGY1232Introduction to Genetics
BLGY2175Human Populations
BLGY2262Animal Developmental Biology
BLGY2296Human Genetics

This module is not approved as a discovery module


Learning outcomes
At the end of the course students should have a sound grasp of the techniques used to achieve the genetic transformation of bacteria, fungi, plants and animals, and the uses to which these and other molecular biology techniques are being put in the agricultural, medical and commercial fields.

Their understanding will be assessed during the course. There will be 6 x 20 minute recorded delivery of lecture material over 10 weeks plus integrated discussion points and a timetabled live interactive (flipped) session / week and one timetabled, live interactive session in the "Debate/position paper" component between weeks 3-10.

Skills outcomes
The "Debate/position paper" and flipped interactive sessions provide experience in team-working, presentation and logical argument in support of a proposition related to current issues of public concern surrounding genetic manipulation and genetic technologies in general.


Topics covered:
- Plant breeding and plant genetic manipulation.
- Advanced aspects of in vitro DNA manipulation and protein engineering.
- Genetic engineering of micro-organisms for pharmaceutical production.
- Gene therapy for inherited disorders.
- Ethical and biohazard aspects of genetic manipulation.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours158.00
Total Contact hours42.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Student attendance at lectures and seminars will be monitored in line with standard faculty practice.
- Completion of coursework.
- Engagement with VLE resources.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
EssayWritten essay30.00
EssayWritten essay30.00
Group ProjectTeam exercise, developing a 2 page "position paper", a recorded presentation, and a timetabled interactive session where the team answers questions on controversial issues in Genetics / Biotechnology.40.00
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: 13/11/2020 08:18:45


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