BIF804 - Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

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Subject Title
Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Subject Description
This course covers current and relevant topics in molecular biology and their direct application to modern biotechnology and its? direct association to bioinformatics. It is offered by the Bioinformatics (BIF) Ontario College Graduate Certificate Program. The course offers both lecture and laboratory components. The lecture component applies the basic principles of biology, biochemistry, genetics, and molecular biology to real world biotechnology challenges and solutions. The laboratory component complements the theoretical principles garnered in lecture to strengthen the practical aspects of biomolecule amplification, detection and characterization. This course will enable the students to design more effective biotechnological experiments to create relevant and meaningful data, as well as leading the students towards a better understanding of the relationship of the methods used to generate data to the resulting data and subsequent analyses performed on the data to help solve current biological problems.

Credit Status
Credit Status:
One credit towards the Bioinformatics (BIF) Ontario College Graduate Certificate.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the structures and functions of nucleic acids and proteins.
2. Describe the structure and organization of prokaryotic and eukaryotic genes.
3. Understand the mechanisms regulating gene expression.
4. Understand approaches to genomic and proteomic analysis.
5. Apply the theoretical principles of molecular techniques to address problems and challenges in biotechnology and molecular diagnostics.
6. Perform DNA and protein manipulations, including isolation, electrophoresis, amplification, sequencing, transfer and hybridization techniques.

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