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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Practical on Laboratory Techniques
Module Code BE563
School School of Biotechnology
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Janosch Heller
Semester 2: Janosch Heller
Autumn: Janosch Heller
Module TeachersPaul Cahill
Denise Harold
Janosch Heller
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
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Description

Module Aims: The purpose of this module is to prepare the students in practical laboratory techniques that are relevant to the field of biotherapeutics. The students will develop a good understanding of the theory and practice of a number of practical techniques including understanding how to perform basic techniques in molecular biology such as gene cloning, animal cell culture and cell viability assays, transfection, ELISA, and Flow cytometry. The student will develop a good understanding of the theory and practice of the biomedical techniques and be able to critically analyse and interpret data to produce biotherapeutics for diseases such as cancer, chronic inflammatory diseases, nervous system or cardiovascular system diseases. Module Outcomes: LO1 To gain a systematic understanding of the theory and practice of the following practical techniques: 1. Animal Cell Culture, 2. Cell Viability Assays, 3. ELISA, 4. Flow cytometry, 5. Transfection and 6. Gene cloning. LO2 To gain critical awareness of data analysis and presentation in a professional manner. LO3 To acquire specialised tools and knowledge to write a short report in the style required by a scientific journal. Module Content: This module will deliver theoretical knowledge of important laboratory techniques in the form of in person lectures and tutorials. Additionally, students will work in teaching laboratories to produce a chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) cell line and measure its effect on the activation of B cells. This will be done in a series of experiments: 1. Transfection of Jurkat cells by nucleofection with a plasmid encoding CD19, 2. Verifying CAR expression on the Jurkats by flow cytometry and 3. Incubation of Jurkat cells with Raji B cells, removing the supernatant and measuring IL-2 with ELISA.  Module Assessment: The module will be assessed through a combination of online tests and written assignments. The online test will include multiple choice and short answer questions. The written assignment will include the preparation of a laboratory report in the form of a methods paper. Overall, this module will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of laboratory techniques used in the field of biotherapeutics, and give students the practical know how to produce a CAR cell line and to test its effect.

Learning Outcomes

1. To gain a systematic understanding of the theory and practice of the following practical techniques: 1. Animal Cell Culture, 2. Cell Viability Assays, 3. ELISA, 4. Flow cytometry, 5. Transfection and 6. Gene cloning.
2. To gain critical awareness of data analysis and presentation in a professional manner.
3. To acquire specialised tools and knowledge to write a short report in the style required by a scientific journal.



Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture4There will be 4 lectures on the laboratory techniques.
Tutorial4There will be 4 tutorials accompanying the lectures
Laboratory24Laboratory on Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products (ATMPs)
Independent Study43Independent study to prepare for assignments and reflect on material delivered.
Assignment Completion50Self-directed completion of written assignments and loop quiz
Lecture4No Description
Tutorial4No Description
Assignment Completion50No Description
Independent Study43No Description
Laboratory24No Description
Total Workload: 250

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Laboratory Techniques overview
Introduction to the theory and practice of a number of practical techniques including understanding how to perform basic techniques in molecular biology such as gene cloning, animal cell culture and cell viability assays, transfection, ELISA, and Flow cytometry. Overview of the theory and practice of the biomedical techniques and how they are used to produce biotherapeutics for diseases such as cancer, chronic inflammatory diseases, nervous system or cardiovascular system diseases.

Laboratory
Hands on practical developing Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products (ATMPs) through 1. Transfection of Jurkat cells by electroporation with a plasmid encoding CD19, 2. Verifying CAR expression on the Jurkats by flow cytometry and 3. Incubation of Jurkat cells with Raji B cells, removing the supernatant and measuring IL-2 with ELISA.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Loop QuizThe student must complete a series of problem- or challenge-based loop quizzes on the different laboratory techniques to address the student's critical understanding of the curriculum by questions that specifically address the student's knowledge of one specific area and use it in another area.20%Week 23
Report(s)Students will write a report on the practical experiments in the form of a Nature Protocols paper. The report will include introduction, data analysis, generation of graphs with standard deviation plus statistics, results, discussion.80%Sem 2 End
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 2
Indicative Reading List

  • Meah, M. S. (Mohammed Shahabu); Kebede-Westhead, E. (Elizabeth): 2012, Essential laboratory skills for biosciences,
Other Resources

None
Programme or List of Programmes
GCBPTGraduate Certificate in Biotherapeutics
GDBPTGraduate Diploma in Biotherapeutics
MBPTMSc in Biotherapeutics
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