BIOL07007 2013 Biomolecular Technologies

General Details

Full Title
Biomolecular Technologies
Transcript Title
Biomolecular Technologies
N/A %
Subject Area
BIOL - Biology
ESCI - Environmental Science
07 - NFQ Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2013 - Full Academic Year 2013-14
End Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
Billy Fitzgerald, Nicolas Touzet
Programme Membership
SG_SAPPL_H08 201300 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Applied Archaeology SG_SENVI_J07 201300 Bachelor of Science in Science in Environmental Protection SG_JSCIE_X06 201400 Certificate SG_SSCIE_H08 201600 Bachelor of Science (Honours) SG_SSCIE_H08 201700 Bachelor of Science (Honours) SG_SAPPL_B07 201700 Bachelor of Science in Applied Archaeology SG_SAPPL_H08 201700 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Applied Archaeology

This teaching unit will introduce students to the principles underpinning molecular biology and to some practical components of common biomolecular methodologies which apply to environmental and archaeological sciences.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Explaining the basic principles underpinning biomolecular analyses


Describing the principles of common molecular techniques


Demonstrating knowledge of specific environmental or archaeological molecular biology based case studies


Performing and reporting on molecular biology laboratory experiments

Module Assessment Strategies

The module will be assessed using a combination of end of semester final exam (40%), continuous class assessment and reporting of laboratory-based work (60%). The continuous class assessment will involve two-three theory assessments incorporating a series of short questions. Practical work will be assessed via written scientific reports.

Indicative Syllabus

  1. Principles & concepts (biomolecules, DNA replication, transcription, translation, genetic polymorphism)
  2. Molecular methodologies (PCR, electrophoresis, cloning, antibody-based assays, qPCR, microarrays)
  3. Monitoring and research applications (genetic fingerprinting, transcriptomics and proteomics, phylogenetics)
  4. Case study selection (profiling soil and aquatic microbes, detecting GMOs in the environment, chromosome Y typing, mitochondrial haplotypes)
  5. Laboratory practicals (a selection of common molecular biology techniques will be demonstrated and practiced)

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
60 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
40 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Continuous Assessment Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 20 % Any 1,2,3
2 Practical Evaluation Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 40 % OnGoing 1,2,4

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam UNKNOWN 40 % End of Term 1,2,3

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Lecture Theatre Theory Lectures 2 Weekly 2.00
Laboratory Practical Science Laboratory Laboratory Work 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Self-Studying 3 Weekly 3.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources
  1. Liu WT & Jansson JK (2010) "Environmental Molecular Microbiology"
  2. Brown T (2006) "Gene Cloning and DNA Analysis: An Introduction"
  3. Brown T & Brown K (2011) "Biomolecular Archaeology"
Other Resources

Selection of ScienceDirect research articles and reviews

Additional Information