module specification

BM7108 - Introduction to Molecular Biology and Genetics (2024/25)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2024/25
Module title Introduction to Molecular Biology and Genetics
Module level Masters (07)
Credit rating for module 10
School School of Human Sciences
Total study hours 100
100 hours Guided independent study
0 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
In-Course Test 20%   Online Quizzes
Coursework 30%   Reflective Learning Log - PLL (1000 words)
Coursework 50%   Written Assignment - ECA (1000 words)
Running in 2024/25

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Year LMET Distance Learning Not applicable -

Module summary

This module provides information and guidance to faciliatate an indepth understanding and knowledge of the theory and practical applications of molecular biology and genetics. It explains the underlying mechanisms of molecular biology and enables these ideas to be expanded to the understanding of human health and disease.

Prior learning requirements



Review of the basis of molecular biology and genetics.
Study the vast developments in genomes and genetics
Mechanics of DNA replication, transcription and translation.
Genetic technology, DNA in forensics and genetics in cancer.

Learning Outcomes LO 1 - 3

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

Information pertaining to the subject matter will be presented through an integrated programme of lectures and supporting exercises, together with some use of a problem-based learning approach and the guided use of student-centred learning resources.  Lectures will be used to provide a conceptual framework.  Student centred assignments will enable students to reinforce and expand their knowledge, and develop subject specific skills and competence.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of the processes of mutation detection by
molecular biological techniques and show an understanding of the consequences of various mutations and polymorphisms in health and disease through completion of the quizzes
2. Apply critical thinking to the analysis and solve molecular biological and
genetic problems and show an appreciation of current and evolving concepts in molecular biology and genetics specifically gene therapy and forensic applications.
3. Demonstrate through the reflective learning journal that they have reflected on their own performance as an independent professional learner


Carroll SB, Doebley J. (2015)  Introduction to Genetic Analysis  WH Freeman.
Hartl DL. (2012) Essential Genetics: A Genomics Perspective Jones and Bartlett.
Jorde LB, Carey JC, (2015)  Medical Genetics 4th Ed. Mosby.
Berk A, (2016) Molecular Cell Biology.  WH. Freeman
Read A, Donnai D. (2015) New Clinical Genetics. Scion.
Reed R, Weyers J, (2016) Practical Skills in Biomolecular Sciences, OUP
Gibson G, Muse SV. (2009)  A Primer of Genome Science 3rd Ed. Sinauer Associates.
Strachan T, Read A. (2011)  Human Molecular Genetics 4th Ed. Garland Science.