10 Credits AUTUMN

Pre-requisites: MBB267

Aims/Description: This module explores how both the outlook and experimental approach to contemporary biology has changed over recent years through the use of high throughput data and computational methods to construct and test models of cell and organism behaviour. The resultant networks, webs and pathways of interactions and reactions produce system properties that cannot be predicted from the study of the individual molecular components. The module also presents an opportunity for students to work both individually and in small groups to develop presentation skills together with the critical skills required for the evaluation of the primary literature in systems and synthetic biology. The emphasis on taking a synoptic view of the knowledge base of Molecular Cell Biology is assessed by the student's ability to communicate complex phenomena through a range of media from written assignments, through presentations and discussion to infographics aimed at simplifying complex aspects of systems and synthetic biology.

Staff Contact: Dr Patrick Baker
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars, Independent Study
Assessment: Formal Exam, Course work, Presentations
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