Module Information

Module Identifier
BR30610
Module Title
Livestock and Equine 'Omic' Technologies
Academic Year
2017/2018
Co-ordinator
Semester
Semester 2
Pre-Requisite
Relies on knowledge of concepts taught in BR11310 and BR12010. If you have not taken either you must discuss the reading requirments with coordinator
Reading List
External Examiners
  • Dr Peter Hastie (Senior Lecturer - Glasgow University)
 
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 11 x 1 Hour Lectures
Seminar 1 x 4 Hour Seminar
Practical 2 x 4 Hour Practicals
 

Assessment

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Lab report  based practical dealing with Proteomics  20%
Semester Assessment Presentations  on a given topical issue related to the course content  10%
Semester Assessment Poster  related to the presentation  10%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   60%
Supplementary Assessment Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module  40%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module  60%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the basic technological principles of genome, transcriptome and proteome analysis.

2. Discuss the application of modern 'omic' technologies to domesticated animals.

3. Evaluate the range of 'omics' technology available to answer specific biological questions.

Brief description

As the animal sciences have progressed much experimental work has focused upon the role of genes and how they function. How genes are expressed, translated into proteins and how these proteins act in metabolism are key questions in modern animal science. This module will consider the different types of large scale 'omics' technologies developed to tackle these questions. Specifically, this module will explain how recent advances in these areas are being applied primarily to the livestock and equine sectors for the improvement of production, reproduction, health and welfare.

Content

The lectures and coursework will cover the following topics:
1. Introduction to 'omic' technologies
2. Genomics incorporating DNA Sequencing such as next generation sequencing
3. Transcriptomics
4. Proteomics
5. Metabolomics
6. Lipidomics
7. Glycomics
8. Peptidomics
9. Systems biology approaches to the animal science sector

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Proteomics within the practical classes will involve the collection and analysis of data through a variety of techniques. Analysis will be assessed in the associated coursework and feedback on this aspect will be given.
Communication Students will develop effective written communication skills in both the examination and coursework, where both will be assessed. Feedback for the coursework element will be given. Students will develop oral communication skills as part of the seminar topics. Feedback on this will be given post seminar. Conference style communication will also be developed via the poster element.
Improving own Learning and Performance Outside the formal contact hours, students will be expected to research materials, manage time and meet deadlines for the coursework and exam.
Information Technology Students will access the internet for reliable information sources and databases to find literature in preparation for the presentation, poster, laboratory practical report and the exam. Presentation of all coursework will be assessed, which should be prepared on a computer and feedback on this aspect will be given. The genomic aspects of the practical sessions will also involve the use of appropriate software.
Personal Development and Career planning Students will develop a raised awareness of 'omic' technologies that can be applied in the workplace. Practical experience of both proteomics and genomics will also be developed.
Problem solving The two proteomic and genomic practical sessions will involve problem solving. These will be assessed in associated coursework. One section of the exam will also assess problem solving.
Research skills The coursework laboratory report, presentation, poster and exam will require students to research topics beyond the depth and scope of the lecture material. Information from a variety of sources will be used. Research skills will be assessed in both the examination and coursework. Feedback on this will be given for the coursework.
Subject Specific Skills Students will develop a raised awareness of 'omic' technologies that are specific to domesticated animals. Practical experience of both proteomics and genomics applied to domesticated animals will also be developed.
Team work The practical sessions will be performed in groups, with time set aside for discussion within the groups.

Notes

This module is at CQFW Level 6