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BIOL2043 Biotechnology and the Living Cell

Module Overview

This module will enable students to gain an understanding about the development and application of cell biotechnology in the modern world Topics to be covered will span the range of cell biotechnology in microbiological, plant and animal systems. A combination of lectures and a flipped learning workshop will be used to teach the material.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The aim of this module is provide a detailed understanding of how cell biotechnology is being applied in a wide range of different contexts across many different fields of biology. By the end of the module students will be able to do the following

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Understand the methods and approaches being used in cell biotechnology
  • Understand how cell biotechnology is being utilised to treat medical conditions
  • Be able to provide detailed examples of the use of micro-organisms, plant cells and animal cells in different biotechnological applications
  • Appreciate the potential dangers and advantages of creating “artificial life” and the use of “gene editing”


Applications of cell biotechnology will be taught using examples from the microbiology, plant and animal fields to provide the latest ideas and concepts. Cutting edge applications in cell biotechnology such as 3-D printing of new organs for transplantation, the creation of artificial life and gene editing will give an insight into how the field may progress in the future.

Special Features

There are no special features associated with this module.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The module will be delivered using standard lectures together with a flipped learning / workshop session. Formal lectures will be given to provide the key information and background to the different topics to be covered in the module. A flipped learning / workshop session will be run centred around a cutting edge topic in the field of cell biotechnology.

Wider reading or practice130
Total study time150



MethodPercentage contribution
Written assignment 20%
Written exam  (2 hours) 80%


MethodPercentage contribution
Written assignment 20%
Written exam  (2 hours) 80%
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