FORS07017 2019 MOLECULAR BIOLOGY

General Details

Full Title
MOLECULAR BIOLOGY
Transcript Title
MOLECULAR BIOLOGY
Code
FORS07017
Attendance
N/A %
Subject Area
FORS - Forensic Studies
Department
LIFE - Life Sciences
Level
07 - NFQ Level 7
Credit
05 - 05 Credits
Duration
Semester
Fee
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Author(s)
Sharon Barrett
Programme Membership
SG_SFORE_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Science in Forensic Investigation and Analysis
Description

This module aims to introduce the learner to the basic principles underpinning molecular biology with relevance to Forensic Science and also explores practical applications in molecular biology.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.

Demonstrate intellectual knowledge by explaining the basic principles underpinning modern molecular biology.

2.

Demonstrate professional/practical skills by being able to perform and interpret selected practical applications of Gene Cloning and PCR.

3.

Analyse, collate and report on experimental data generated in practical sessions and/or data presented in problem solving exercises.

4.

Communicate scientific data in an appropriate format.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered full‑time. Lecture delivery will be the primary mode of dissemination for module theory while practical applications will be explored during laboratory sessions. 

Critical and reflective thinking will be developed through the assessment of laboratories which will involve report writing, data analysis, calculations and problem solving

Moodle will be used as a repository for educational resources and as a means of assessment (e.g. quizzes, uploading assignments and laboratory reports).

Module Assessment Strategies

Assessment of the Molecular Biology module will include both continuous assessment (50%) and a terminal exam (50%). The students must reach an assigned gate (30%) in the final exam and achieve 40% overall to pass the subject. Students are required to attend a minimum of 75% of laboratory sessions.

Formative assessments will be conducted periodically during the term to monitor the progress of the theory. The final exam will examine the students knowledge of the module and assess the ability of the student to communicate that knowledge in a suitable manner (50%).

Continuous assessment of laboratories will involve report writing, data analysis, calculations and problem solving (50%).

Repeat Assessments

If a student fails to achieve 40% in the module they will be required to resit the repeat exam and/or resubmit laboratory reports plus other continuous assessment.

Module Dependencies

Prerequisites
None
Co-requisites
None
Incompatibles
None

Indicative Syllabus

 LO1 Demonstrate intellectual knowledge by explaining the basic principles underpinning modern molecular biology.

Describe DNA replication in vivo

Describe DNA replication in vitro i.e. Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR).

Explain gene transcription, the genetic code and translation.

Explain the basic principles and applications of Gene Cloning.

LO2 Demonstrate professional/practical skills by being able to perform and interpret selected practical applications of Gene Cloning and PCR.

Demonstrate competence in;

DNA extractions and quantification.,

Agarose gel electrophoresis.

PCR.

Restriction digestion.

Gene Cloning.

Adherence to contamination avoidance procedures by using suitable PPE and utilisation of sterile consumables and experimental controls (negatives and positives where appropriate).

LO3 Analyse, collate and report on experimental data generated in practical sessions and/or data presented in problem solving exercises.

Plasmid Mapping problems.

Molecular Biology calculations.

Elucidation of the genetic code.

Primer Design.

Data analytics; interpret and analyse bioinformatic data.

Analyse, collate and report on experimental data generated in practical sessions.

LO4 Communicate scientific data in an appropriate format

Communicate scientific data in an appropriate format.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
50 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
50 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Practical Evaluation Continuous Assessment of theory and laboratories Continuous Assessment Multiple Choice 50 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4
2 Formative Assessment of theory Formative Multiple Choice - % OnGoing 1
             

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam UNKNOWN 50 % End of Term 1,3,4
             
             

Full Time Mode Workload


Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Tiered Classroom Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Laboratory Practical Science Laboratory Laboratory Practical 3 Weekly 3.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Self Study 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 5.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2006-03-03 Gene Cloning and DNA Analysis Blackwell Publishing
ISBN 1405111216 ISBN-13 9781405111218

"Gene Cloning and DNA Analysis remains an essential introductory text to a wide range of biological sciences students, including students of genetics and genomics, molecular biology, biochemistry, immunology and applied biology. It is also a perfect introductory text for any professional needing to learn the basics of the subject."--BOOK JACKET.

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

All resources will be supplied in Moodle.

Journal Resources

All resources will be supplied in Moodle.

URL Resources

All resources will be supplied in Moodle.

Other Resources

All resources will be supplied in Moodle.

Additional Information

None