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BB20222: Molecular medicine

[Page last updated: 02 August 2022]

Academic Year: 2022/23
Owning Department/School: Department of Biology & Biochemistry
Credits: 6 [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 120
Level: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Semester 2
Assessment Summary: EX 100%
Assessment Detail:
  • Examination (EX 100%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Requisites: Before taking this module you must ( take BB10005 AND take BB10006 AND take BB10214 ) OR ( take BB10264 AND take BB10214 )
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.

Aims: To provide students with an overview of how molecular biology and molecular techniques are directly impacting on medicine and health.

Skills: 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

Content: 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).

Programme 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)
  • UXXX-AFM11 : MBioMed(Hons) Biomedical Sciences (Year 2)
  • UXXX-AKM11 : MBioMed(Hons) Biomedical Sciences with Professional Placement (Year 2)


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