Core Module Information
Module title: Molecular Medicine

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: BMS09110
Module leader: Amy Poole
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Life Sciences

Appropriate background knowledge at level 8 of genetics and level 7 of cell biology.

Description of module content:

Following the sequencing of the human genome, molecular medicine has become a rapidly advancing field where diseases are studied at the molecular level. In this module, you will learn the advanced principles of genomics, transcriptomics and proteomics in the context of furthering our understanding of the molecular mechanisms underpinning the diagnosis and treatment of disease. You will explore the concepts of precision medicine, including, pharmacogenomics and predictive medicine and study techniques involving manipulation and measurement of DNA, RNA and proteins.

You will also be introduced to in silico analysis and manipulation of RNA, DNA and protein sequence information (bioinformatics) and tutored in the use of online databases and tools for identification and comparison of DNA and protein sequences. Bioinformatics will form the basis of one of the summative assessments. You will take part in a series of laboratory sessions based on molecular cloning.

Through a series of lectures and tutorials, you will study the current developments that are taking place in molecular medicine and appreciate the application of techniques to areas of interest in biomedical sciences, microbiology and biotechnology. A series of practical laboratory sessions will help you gain experience in commonly employed practical techniques relating to the lecture material and will further hone your data analysis and presentation skills.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Apply knowledge of a range of ‘omics’ technologies and their applications in the field of molecular medicine.
LO2: Illustrate an understanding of how to interpret data from a wide range of techniques including; genome-wide association studies, polymerase chain reaction (PCR) experiments, DNA methylation studies, RNA interference work and protein analysis studies.
LO3: Draw on a range of bioinformatics skills and apply in-depth knowledge to analyse genomic and proteomic sequence data.
LO4: Develop analytical and experimental laboratory skills using common molecular biology procedures.
LO5: Accurately analyse, interpret and evaluate experimentally derived data and demonstrate accurate scientific record keeping and writing skills through laboratory reports

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2023/4, Trimester 2, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Amy Poole
Module Organiser:

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 12
Face To Face Tutorial 12
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 13
Online Guided independent study 10
Independent Learning Guided independent study 153
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 50 1 & 3 7 , WORDS= 1500
Report 50 1,2,4 & 5 12 HOURS= 00.00, WORDS= 2000
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
BMS09110 Molecular Medicine