BIOU8GF: Genetic Engineering for the Future

Co-ordinator: Dr Kevin Petrie

Module Description

The aim of this module is to provide an in depth account of the techniques used to modify the genomes of cells (including stem cells) for in vitro and organisms for in vivo studies. The module will also contain a practical element consisting of computer-based studies.

Acquired Skills

  • Note taking and use of the library
  • Literature review
  • Experimental design

Core Learning Outcomes

To provide:

  • Knowledge of the characteristics, production and applications of stem cells.
  • Knowledge of the techniques used to manipulate genomes and their applications.
  • Practical experience in the design of CRISR/Cas9 gene editing strategies.
  • The development of skills in poster design and public presentation.


Total Study Time 100 hours
Scheduled Learning & Teaching 20 hours: lectures, seminars, practical classes and workshops, external visits, scheduled on-line discussions or similar
Guided Independent Study 80 hours: both directed learning undertaken in student's own time, and their own self-directed study for assessment
Placements 0 hours


  • Poster presentation
  • Practical report
  • Literature review
  • Examination
Coursework 50%
Examination 50%
Practical 0%
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