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BB20110: DNA (making, breaking & disease) [for Natural Scientists]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2013/4
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Biology & Biochemistry
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment: EX 60%, MC 20%, PR 20%
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: This unit is only available to students on Natural Sciences programmes.
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To provide an in-depth understanding of the relationship between DNA synthesis, damage & repair mechanisms in relation to cell cycle and apoptosis. Also provides an understanding of how disruption of normal cellular function leads to disease processes, especially cancer.

Learning Outcomes:
After taking this course the student should be able to:
* give a detailed account of DNA replication, damage and repair in prokaryotic and eukaryotic systems;
* describe and explain the cross talk between cell cycle and apoptosis in relation to oncogenesis;
* explain the rationale behind tumour therapy, either conventional approaches of radio/chemotherapy or newer approaches of genetherapy, immunotherapy, angiotherapy etc.

Learning and studying T/F/A, Written communication T/F/A, Laboratory skills T/F, Information technology T/F, Information handling & retrieval T/F/A, Working independently T/F.

DNA replication and repair in relation to disease. Role of cell cycle and apoptosis in oncogenesis. Various modes of cancer therapy.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

BB20110 is Optional on the following programmes:

Programmes in Natural Sciences
  • UXXX-AFB01 : BSc (hons) Natural Sciences (Full-time) - Year 2
  • UXXX-AKB02 : BSc (hons) Natural Sciences with Industrial Placement (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 2
  • UXXX-AAB02 : BSc (hons) Natural Sciences with Study Year Abroad (Full-time with Study Year Abroad) - Year 2
  • UXXX-AFM01 : MSci (hons) Natural Sciences (Full-time) - Year 2
  • UXXX-AKM02 : MSci (hons) Natural Sciences with Professional Placement (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 2
  • UXXX-AAM02 : MSci (hons) Natural Sciences with Study Year Abroad (Full-time with Study Year Abroad) - Year 2

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2013/4 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2014/15 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2013/14.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.