Molecular Biology

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Molecular Biology

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Biology, Molecular Biology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    CELS 191 and CHEM191 and 36 further points

  • 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

    From gene to protein. How genetic information is stored and determines biological function. Principles and applications of genetic engineering. Impact of molecular biology on health, agriculture and New Zealand society.

    In this paper you will learn how information is stored in DNA and how this information flows on into RNAs and proteins. This process determines the characteristics of all life. The paper is taken as a basic course in molecular biology by students in many different majors. It is required for BIOC majors and highly recommended for GENE majors. Key concepts are illustrated with examples from health and agriculture relevant to New Zealand. Within the course, emphasis is placed on how genes are manipulated using genetic engineering, how these technologies are controlled and regulated in New Zealand, and how they contribute to biology. We also introduce bioinformatic techniques and applications. The modular laboratory course provides hands on experience in molecular biology.

    Learning Outcomes
    - Articulate a broad understanding of contemporary biochemistry, molecular life sciences and related scientific fields
    - Understand the relationship between hypothesis, experiment and data, and know how to apply this to attain knowledge
    - Design and execute experiments using contemporary biochemical techniques
    - Appropriately communicate biochemical concepts to both specialist and general audiences
    - Understand the relationship between science and society
    - Evaluate the philosophical and ethical aspects of their activities as a scientist
    - Identify and critically evaluate relevant information
    - Work effectively both independently and as part of a team

    Voet, Voet and Pratt Fundamentals of Biochemistry, John Wiley & Sons

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