Module title: Biomedical Applications of Molecular Biology [Hong Kong]

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: BMS11602
Module leader: Arthur Robinson
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Biomedical Science


2020/1, Trimester 2, BLENDED,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: BLENDED
Location of delivery: HONG KONG
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Arthur Robinson
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Introductory lecture and tutorial sessions and the supplied study guide cover LOs 1 - 3, while LO3 is also covered by a student-led poster presentation, for which guidance is given and marking criteria are agreed. Questioning of local tutors is encouraged during face-to-face teaching in tutorials, and of Edinburgh Napier academic staff on-line using Moodle discussion forums. Personalised feedback is given on the poster presentation (critical review).

Key employability skills are embedded throughout this module and are assessed. These include critical thinking, problem-solving, written and oral communication, team work and IT skills. Throughout the module, students are directed to original research literature.

The module is supported by a VLE (Moodle) which is used to provide class materials (including lectures and tutorials), resource such as animations, videos, direct links to relevant web-based resource, e:submission of all coursework, self-assessment tests, interactive teaching resource, and independent study materials to cover expected prior-learning.

Formative Assessment:
Formative feedback/assessment occurs during and following tutorial sessions when students have the opportunity to compare their solutions/data with model answers. Students will receive individual feedback on their poster presentation. Students are encouraged to use the feedback received from this and the assessed tutorials in their preparation for the final exam.

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment takes the form of an end-of-trimester timetabled examination (LOs 1-3), in week 12/13 a poster presentation (LO3).

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 6
Face To Face Tutorial 12
Online Tutorial 4
Independent Learning Guided independent study 172
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 3
Face To Face Groupwork (Scheduled) 3
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 60 1,2 & 3 14/15 HOURS= 3, WORDS= 0
Poster 40 3 12 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 60
Component 2 subtotal: 40
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

In this module you will study the tools of molecular biology that can be used to analyse and characterise human diseases at the molecular level in modern biomedical science and hospital research laboratories. You will also develop team-working skills in the development and delivery of a high quality poster presentation on the subject of a recent advance in biomedical research.
This module will include - an analysis of DNA sequences as unique human identifiers; molecular basis of diseases/genetic disorders; interaction of multiple genes in the aetiology of disease; use of DNA sequencing, microarray analysis, polymerase chain reaction (PCR), and RNA interference in biomedical research environments and the analysis of diseases and genetic disorders (screening and diagnosis); analyses of the proteome and proteomics technologies.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: Critically explore the physico-chemical properties of RNA, DNA and proteins and relate these to common current methodologies and technologies for molecular analysis.
LO2: Analyse and interpret DNA sequence, and RNA and protein expression data
LO3: Appraise and critically review research literature concerning molecular approaches to the analysis of human disease.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
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