BMOL20090 Molecular Genetics and Biotech

Academic Year 2024/2025

In living cells nucleic acids direct both self-replication and synthesis of proteins. DNA also undergoes mutation and recombination, which ultimately generate biodiversity and allow evolution to proceed. The course will cover the basics of these fundamental biological processes and explain how this knowledge is exploited in recombinant DNA technology. Specific areas include: nucleic acid structure; DNA replication; mutation and repair; transcription and translation; control of gene expression; gene cloning, DNA sequencing and genetic engineering. The lecture course will be assessed by an end-of-trimester examination. In addition, students will work in groups to design oral presentations that focus on selected topics from the course. Students will learn how to design Powerpoint slides, and how to incorporate images and animations. Grades will be awarded based on individual contributions to the group project.

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Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module a student should be able to: (1) describe the structures and functions of DNA and RNA; (2) explain the mechanisms of DNA replication, recombination, and repair; (3) describe the modes of gene expression in prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells; (4) describe the basic methods of gene cloning and recombinant DNA technology; (5) explain the polymerase chain reaction and DNA sequencing; (6) create an oral presentation on a selected topic from the lecture course.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Small Group


Seminar (or Webinar)




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures; active/task-based & problem-based learning; student presentations. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
ANSC20010 - Genetics and Biotechnology

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade

Not yet recorded.

Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Not yet recorded.

Name Role
Professor Geraldine Butler Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Edel Caraway Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Eric Conway Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Mohd Faheem Khan Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Niamh O'Sullivan Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Oliver Blacque Tutor
Assoc Professor Caroline Herron Tutor
Dr Mohd Faheem Khan Tutor
Dr Raul Miranda Caso Luengo Tutor
Professor Cormac Murphy Tutor
Dr Tanja Narancic Tutor
Dr Jens Rauch Tutor
Professor Kenneth Wolfe Tutor
Assoc Professor Margaret Worrall Tutor
Assoc Professor Peadar Ó Gaora Tutor
Assoc Professor Tadhg Ó'Cróinín Tutor