Life Sciences

Molecular Biology

Module code: C7004
Level 4
15 credits in autumn teaching
Teaching method: Laboratory, Post-lab, Pre-lab, Workshop, Lecture
Assessment modes: Unseen examination, Coursework

Despite the diversity of life, the molecular mechanisms that ensure the flow of genetic information from one generation to the next, and the expression of genes from DNA to protein via an RNA intermediate, are remarkably conserved.

This module aims to teach fundamental mechanisms such as DNA replication, transcription and translation.

You will also learn about how the structures of nucleic acids and proteins relate to their functions. Finally, you will find out how the tools of molecular biology, such as cloning and PCR, allow us to manipulate and understand genes and proteins.

Module learning outcomes

  • Summarise basic aspects of Nucleic acid structure and how genes are expressed
  • Outline basic principles of how gene expression is regulated
  • Summarise the basic principles of protein structure and function and summarise key methodology used in genetic engineering
  • Explain the basis of selected laboratory methods used to study cells and biomolecules and demonstrate an ability to process and analyse experimental data