This module aims to provide a molecular understanding of the information processing pathways in the cell that lead to the expression of the genetic information in DNA. The structures and functions of the major components of these pathways, the proteins and nucleic acids, will be explained. DNA replication and its mutation and how gene expression is regulated will be introduced.
A. gain knowledge in the essential elements of protein and nucleic acid structure.
B. understand the mechanisms of synthesis of DNA, RNA and proteins.
C. master DNA mutation and DNA repair.
D. obtain knowledge in the principles of gene expression and its regulation.
E. acquire the ability to apply, evaluate and interpret this knowledge to solve problems in biology.
Course content will be delivered primarily via standard lectures, that will be accompanied by suitable lecture handouts (also available on the Web). Students will also be guided to sections of specific textbooks and if reading of specific reviews or sources literature is required then copies of these will be made available in the library for use by the students. At intervals during the module, revision lectures/exercises (up to 3 per module) will allow the students to self-assess their understanding of the course.