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BB20222: Molecular medicine

[Page last updated: 15 October 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Biology & Biochemistry
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: EX 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Examination (EX 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: Before taking this module you must take BB10005 AND take BB10006 AND take BB10214
Description: Aims:
To provide students with an overview of how molecular biology and molecular techniques are directly impacting on medicine and health.

Learning Outcomes:
After taking this course the student should be able to:
* Explain the molecular and biochemical systems that are of use in medical diagnostics and treatment;
* Explain the development and uses of molecular approaches to the treatment of some major medical conditions.

Knowledge and understanding T/F/A, Intellectual skills F/A, Written communication T/F/A, Numeracy F/A, Data acquisition, handling, and analysis T/F/A, Information technology T/F/A, Working independently F/A

Characteristics of molecular systems relevant to medicine and health; Molecular diagnostic techniques of use to medicine (immunological, biochemical, genetic, cellular, imaging); Example case studies (e.g., diabetes, Parkinson's, obesity, cancer, bacterial and viral infection); Molecular approaches used to understand medically relevant issues and develop interventions (genomics for vaccine and chemotherapeutic target identification, epidemiology and prediction, regenerative medicine, personalised medicine).
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

BB20222 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Biology & Biochemistry
  • UXXX-AFB11 : BSc(Hons) Biomedical Sciences (Year 2)
  • UXXX-AKB11 : BSc(Hons) Biomedical Sciences with Professional Placement (Year 2)


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