Experimental Design and Application of Molecular Genetic Techniques to Research

Module code: MB7212
Module co-ordinator: Dr Fred Tata

Module Outline

There will be lectures about experimental technologies and current topics in molecular genetics. Students will perform more sophisticated experiments and also think more critically about how experiments are designed and investigations planned. For example, they will use real-time PCR for quantitative assessment of RNA expression and examine epigenetic modification of gene promoters by using bisulphite sequencing to determine patterns of DNA methylation. Students will independently investigate a current topic in molecular genetics by reading and analysing research publications, and apply their understanding to write an essay explaining the research topic.

Assessment of the module includes a written analysis of an experimental investigation. A multiple choice exam assesses knowledge and understanding of the lecture topics. A written exam assesses their understanding of experimental techniques and the ability to devise experimental strategies. Consideration of the essay completes the module assessment.


  • 34 hours of lectures
  • 6 hours of seminars
  • 45 hours of practicals/workshops
  • 10 hours of tutorials
  • 205 hours of guided independent study


  • Exam (30%)
  • Exam (25%)
  • Essay, 3,000 words (30%)
  • Experimental and data analysis (15%)