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Archived Version 2022 - 2023

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NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

Module Aims: Students will come from a broad range of disciplines on entering the M.Sc. in Diagnostics and Precision Medicine programme. This module is designed to ensure that students will quickly achieve the necessary background and understanding of fundamental topics in cellular and molecular biology. The module will also introduce students to the biotechnology/biopharmaceutical industry and explain how advances in cellular and molecular biology have been exploited to produce useful products, particularly therapeutic medicines.

Learning Outcomes

1. Compare and contrast eukaryotic cells and prokaryotic cells in terms of their structure, organisation and intracellular organelles.
2. Explain the scientific principles underpinning cellular and molecular biology in eukaryotic and prokaryotic organisms.
3. Explain the scientific principles underpinning signal transduction pathways in mammalian cells.
4. Discuss how advances in cellular and molecular biology has been exploited by the Biotechnology industry to produce useful products from living organisms.
5. Use the scientific literature to source relevant information on current topics in cellular and molecular biology, signal transduction and biotechnology.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Total Workload: 0

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

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Reassessment Requirement
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
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