Module Overview

Advanced Biotechnology

This module will introduce students to a range of advanced and current topics in biotechnology including an introduction to bioinformatics and its applications in the pharmaceutical sector. The module aims to provide a framework for examining bioethical issues raised by advances in biotechnology, including the Human Genome Sequencing Projects, Therapeutic Cloning, Gene Therapy & Genetic Screening. Develop team working skills through performance and assessment of assignment in team format.

Module Code

TFBT 4004

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change

Human Genome Project and genetic basis of variation

Stem cells, sources and therapeutic cloning , case studies

Genetic testing and screening

Gene therapy – gene delivery methods, non viral and viral, therapeutic potential, case studies

Introduction to bioinformatics. Applications of bioinformatics in the pharmaceutical sector

Research topic review in team format

Lectures, student centred learning, case studies and web based tutorial. Students are expected to keep abreast of current issues related by the media and class discussion of relevant topical issues will be encouraged. Emphasis on teamwork where the research topic review and assessment is assessed in team format.

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Formal Examination70
Other Assessment(s)30