Advanced Topics in Biological Sciences

Module titleAdvanced Topics in Biological Sciences
Module codeBIOM528
Academic year2019/0
Credits15
Module staff
Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks

11

11

Number students taking module (anticipated)

40

Description - summary of the module content

Module description

This module provides you with small-group teaching across a selection of research topics in biosciences, reflecting the research interests of the staff involved. The syllabus consists of a series of short courses, each taught as a self-contained set of eight lectures (or the workshop/tutorial equivalent). You should choose three of these courses, enabling you to tailor the module to your specific interests and your intended future career.

In order to take this module you must ensure that you have taken any prerequisite modules specific to each short course, these being listed within the Syllabus Plan below.

Module aims - intentions of the module

Our aim in providing this module is to give you the flexibility to tailor your studies to your particular interests and career goals. In three self-contained courses of eight hours each, you will work with research-level material, combining your study and communication skills with your core knowledge to understand complex systems and solve challenging problems.

The skills you gain from lectures and other teaching formats will develop or enhance your employability. Transferable skills to other sectors include:

  • problem solving (linking theory to practice, responding to novel and unfamiliar problems, data handling),
  • time management (managing time effectively individually and within a group), and
  • self and peer review (taking responsibility for own learning, using feedback from multiple sources).

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Critically evaluate and analyse the module content within the context of wider reading and also material from earlier years, to develop an overarching view of the interconnectedness of the subject and its interdisciplinary nature
  • 2. Recognise and exploit any connections between taught materials and project material
  • 3. Engage in targeted research and reading for personal development and future educational requirements, in addition to reading material primarily for assessment purposes

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 4. With reference to primary literature, evaluate how research developments in your chosen topics drive the subject forward and, where appropriate, the social, technological and commercial impacts this has
  • 5. Analyse in detail essential facts and theory in advanced areas of biological sciences
  • 6. Analyse and evaluate independently a range of research-informed literature in biosciences and synthesise research-informed examples from the literature into written work
  • 7. With limited guidance, deploy established techniques of analysis and enquiry used in your chosen topics at the research level

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 8. Communicate effectively arguments, evidence and conclusions using written means in a manner appropriate to the intended audience
  • 9. Devise and sustain, with little guidance, a logical and reasoned argument with sound, convincing conclusions
  • 10. Analyse and evaluate appropriate data with very limited guidance

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

Each of the following topics is a self-contained short course lasting eight hours, with its own specific syllabus available in separate documentation on the associated ELE page for this module. You should select two short courses from this list. There will be a minimum student number required for a given short course to run. Module co-requisites and pre-requisites are listed.

Topics available are:

Crystallography

Pre-requisites:

  • BIO1340 Fundamentals of Inorganic Chemistry
  • and, preferably BIO1346 Biophysical Chemistry

Analytical biotechnology

Pre-requisites:

  • BIO1332 Biochemistry
  • BIO1346 Biophysical Chemistry

Electron transfer in biological systems

Pre-requisites:

  • BIO1332 Biochemistry
  • and preferably BIO2091 Bioinorganic Chemistry

Microfluidics and lab-on-a-chip technologies

Pre-requisite:

  • BIO1346 Biophysical Chemistry

Quantitative methodologies for antibiotics

Pre-requisite:

  • A Level Maths (B or above)

Anti-virulence factors for treating bacterial disease

Pre-requisites:

  • BIO3079 Molecular Basis of Infection

The control of bacterial virulence

Pre-requisites:

  • BIO2078 Medical and General Microbiology or
  • BIO2094 Molecular Microbiology

Models to study virulence in human fungal pathogens

Pre-requisite:

  • BIO3079 Molecular Basis of Infection

Evolution in our changing world

Pre-requisite:

  • BIO2093 Modern Theories of Evolution

Using molecules to understand the diversification of life

Prerequisites:

  • BIO2093 Modern Theories of Evolution or
  • BIO2092 Genomics and Introductory Bioinformatics

Applications of genomics in tackling infectious disease

Pre-requisites:

  • BIO2092 Genomics and Introductory Bioinformatics
  • and preferably BIO3092 Bioinformatics

Control of gene expression and RNA processing in higher eukaryotes

Pre-requisites:

  • BIO2088 Advanced Cell Biology or
  • BIO2089 Molecular Biology of the Gene

Use of Zebrafish as a model system in developmental biology

Pre-requisites:

  • BIO2088 Advanced Cell Biology or
  • BIO3091 Animal Developmental Biology

Drosophila as a model for cell division and cancer

Pre-requisite:

  • BIO2088 Advanced Cell Biology

Current challenges and future perspectives in the treatment and management of cystic fibrosis: From microbial communities to personalised medicine and gene therapy.

Pre-requisites:

  • BIO3077 Frontiers in Molecular Cell Biology or
  • BIO3079 Molecular Basis of Infection or
  • BIO3086 Cell Biology of Disease

Advanced topics in plant biology

Prerequisites:

  • BIO1338 Plants
  • BIO2099 Molecular Plant Science
  • BIO2089 Molecular Biology of the Gene

Advanced applications of physiology

Pre-requisites:

  • BIO2082 Animal Ecophysiology

Synthetic biology

Pre-requisites:

  • BIO2078 Medical and General Microbiology
  • BIO2089 Molecular Biology of the Gene
  • BIO2092 Genomics and Introductory Bioinformatics
  • BIO2094 Molecular Microbiology

Mixed effects modelling for ecology and evolution

Pre-requisite:

  • BIO2071 Research Skills and Bioethics

Co-requisite:

  • BIOM509 Professional Skills

Creating a better anthropocene for marine life

Pre-requisites:

  • BIO2074 Marine Biology
  • BIO3083 Current Issues in Marine Biology

Learning and teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
241260

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching24Lectures and workshops or tutorials
Guided Independent Study126Independent study

Assessment

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Non-assessed problem and summary materials provided for self-checking purposesOngoingAllOral

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams
01000

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Examination1002 hoursAllWritten

Re-assessment

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
ExaminationExaminationAllAugust Ref/Def

Re-assessment notes

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 50%) you will be required to sit a further examination. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of referral will count for 100% of the final mark and will be capped at 50%.

Resources

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

  • An indicative reading list will be specified at the start of each short course.

Key words search

Research-led, variable syllabus, biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, developmental biology, plant biology, evolutionary biology, microbiology, bacteriology, fungal biology, environmental biology

Credit value15
Module ECTS

7.5

Module pre-requisites

Pre-requisite modules are specific to each short course and are listed within the Syllabus Plan above

Module co-requisites

Co-requisite modules are specific to each short course and are listed within the Syllabus Plan above

NQF level (module)

7

Available as distance learning?

No

Origin date

10/12/2018

Last revision date

19/02/2019