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BIOC221 Molecular Biology

From gene to protein. How genetic information is stored and determines biological function. Principles and applications of genetic engineering. Impact of molecular biology on health, agriculture and New Zealand society.

In this paper you will learn how information is stored in DNA and how this information flows on into RNAs and proteins. This process determines the characteristics of all life. The paper is taken as a basic course in molecular biology by students in many different majors. It is required for BIOC majors and highly recommended for GENE majors. Key concepts are illustrated with examples from health and agriculture relevant to New Zealand. Within the course, emphasis is placed on how genes are manipulated using genetic engineering, how these technologies are controlled and regulated in New Zealand, and how they contribute to biology. We also introduce bioinformatic techniques and applications. The modular laboratory course provides hands on experience in molecular biology.

Paper title Molecular Biology
Paper code BIOC221
Subject Biochemistry
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,018.05
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,500.00

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Prerequisite
CELS 191 and CHEM 191 and 36 further points
Restriction
BIOC 230, BIOC 211, MELS 230, PHCY 231
Recommended Preparation
BIOC 192
Recommended Preparation or Concurrent Study
GENE 221
Schedule C
Science
Eligibility
This paper builds on the molecular biology taught in CELS 191. It is suitable for a broad range of students as molecular biology underpins all biology. It is also highly relevant to biological aspects of chemistry, physics and computer science.
Contact
biochem200.tf@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Associate Professor Richard Macknight
Textbooks
Voet, Voet and Pratt, Fundamentals of Biochemistry, John Wiley & Sons
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
  • Articulate a broad understanding of contemporary biochemistry, molecular life sciences and related scientific fields
  • Understand the relationship between hypothesis, experiment and data, and know how to apply this to attain knowledge
  • Design and execute experiments using contemporary biochemical techniques
  • Appropriately communicate biochemical concepts to both specialist and general audiences
  • Understand the relationship between science and society
  • Evaluate the philosophical and ethical aspects of their activities as a scientist
  • Identify and critically evaluate relevant information
  • Work effectively both independently and as part of a team

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Tuesday 10:00-10:50 9-15, 18-22
Wednesday 10:00-10:50 9-15, 17-22
AND
M1 Monday 10:00-10:50 9-14

Practical

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
P1 Monday 14:00-17:50 10-13, 18-21
P2 Tuesday 14:00-17:50 10-13, 18-21
P3 Wednesday 14:00-17:50 10-13, 18-21
P4 Thursday 14:00-17:50 10-13, 18-21
P5 Friday 14:00-17:50 10-13, 18-21

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
T1 Friday 10:00-10:50 9, 11-13, 17, 20, 22

From gene to protein. How genetic information is stored and determines biological function. Principles and applications of genetic engineering. Impact of molecular biology on health, agriculture and New Zealand society.

In this paper you will learn how information is stored in DNA and how this information flows on into RNAs and proteins. This process determines the characteristics of all life. The paper is taken as a basic course in molecular biology by students in many different majors. It is required for BIOC majors and highly recommended for GENE majors. Key concepts are illustrated with examples from health and agriculture relevant to New Zealand. Within the course, emphasis is placed on how genes are manipulated using genetic engineering, how these technologies are controlled and regulated in New Zealand, and how they contribute to biology. We also introduce bioinformatic techniques and applications. The modular laboratory course provides hands on experience in molecular biology.

Paper title Molecular Biology
Paper code BIOC221
Subject Biochemistry
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,038.45
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,680.00

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Prerequisite
CELS 191 and CHEM 191 and 36 further points
Restriction
BIOC 230, BIOC 211, MELS 230, PHCY 231
Recommended Preparation
BIOC 192
Recommended Preparation or Concurrent Study
GENE 221
Schedule C
Science
Eligibility
This paper builds on the molecular biology taught in CELS 191. It is suitable for a broad range of students as molecular biology underpins all biology. It is also highly relevant to biological aspects of chemistry, physics and computer science.
Contact
biochem200.tf@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Associate Professor Richard Macknight
Textbooks
Voet, Voet and Pratt, Fundamentals of Biochemistry, John Wiley & Sons
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
  • Articulate a broad understanding of contemporary biochemistry, molecular life sciences and related scientific fields
  • Understand the relationship between hypothesis, experiment and data, and know how to apply this to attain knowledge
  • Design and execute experiments using contemporary biochemical techniques
  • Appropriately communicate biochemical concepts to both specialist and general audiences
  • Understand the relationship between science and society
  • Evaluate the philosophical and ethical aspects of their activities as a scientist
  • Identify and critically evaluate relevant information
  • Work effectively both independently and as part of a team

^ Top of page

Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Tuesday 10:00-10:50 9-13, 15-22
Wednesday 10:00-10:50 9-13, 15-16, 18-22
AND
M1 Monday 10:00-10:50 9-13, 15

Practical

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
P1 Monday 14:00-17:50 10-13, 18-21
P2 Tuesday 14:00-17:50 10-13, 18-21
P3 Wednesday 14:00-17:50 10-13, 18-21
P4 Thursday 14:00-17:50 10-13, 18-21
P5 Friday 14:00-17:50 9-12, 18-21

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
T1 Friday 10:00-10:50 9, 11-12, 15, 17, 20, 22