Advanced Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Advanced Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    BIOC 192 and BIOC 221

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Organisation, reorganisation, replication and sequencing of genomes. Regulation of gene expression and transcriptome analysis. RNA as a catalytic and regulatory molecule. Deducing gene function through bioinformatics.

    DNA encodes the so-called "blueprint" of life which must be transformed into cellular actions that ultimately determine the makeup of whole organisms. BIOC 352 aims to help you understand more about how the molecular machinery of the cell interacts to maintain and replicate DNA and regulate expression of genes and other elements encoded in DNA. The paper focuses on the latest developments in our understanding of the interactions between different types of DNA, RNA and proteins and their relevance to the function and health of a range of different organisms. We use "state-of-the art" next generation sequencing technologies to analyse DNA and RNA and help students develop the highly sought after bioinformatics skills required to interpret these data.

    Learning Outcomes
    - Articulate a detailed understanding of DNA replication, maintenance and rearrangement and of the components and mechanisms of regulation of gene expression
    - Critically evaluate research findings and communicate these findings to a specialist audience
    - Understand the relationship between hypothesis, experimental design and data, and know how to apply this to attain knowledge
    - Design and execute experiments using contemporary molecular biology techniques
    - Analyse DNA and RNA sequence data using contemporary bioinformatics tools and extract biological meaning from this information

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