BF0606 - Animal Biotechnology


Research within the field of animal biotechnology is fast moving and giving rise to an increasing range of interesting and important new applications; For example the impressive [and still expanding] list of species which have had their genomes completely sequenced, now allows new applications such as data mining and comparative genomics techniques. This is coupled with the re-emergence and re- evaluation of the use of animals, such as maggots and leeches, in the treatment and management of disease, a field known as 'biotherapy'.

This module will be of interest to students wishing to acquire an understanding of the role that animals play in biotechnology research and the applications that result, in addition to the impact which biotechnology has on animals. Core topics will include the theory and practice of cell culture and recombinant DNA techniques and a range of applications will be drawn from current literature to reflect recent advances in research which are of widespread interest and/or importance; for example uses and applications of transgenics/ cloned animals; problem solving using bioinformatics resources etc.

The module consists of lectures and practicals, including ICT workshops, in addition to independent and directed learning. Students will be assessed by coursework (including a formative component) and examination.


Latest Edition of:
Barnum, SR Biotechnology: An Introduction. Wadsworth Publishing Company
Maulik, S and Patel, SD. Molecular Biotechnology: Therapeutic Applications and Strategies. Wiley-Liss
Attwood, TK. And Parry-Smith, DJ. Introduction to Bioinformatics. Longman
Becker, JM, Caldwell, GA and Zachgo, EA. Biotechnology: A Laboratory Course. Academic PresS
Bishop, J. Transgenic mammals. Longman.
Grace, ES. Biotechnology Unzipped: Promises and Realities. Joseph Henry Press
Rudolph, FB and McIntire, LV. Biotechnology: Science, Engineering and Ethical Challenges for the 21st Century. Joseph Henry Press

Plus primary sources from a range of journals such as:
Biotechnology and Bioengineering; Nature Biotechnology; Trends in Biotechnology ; Current Opinion in Biotechnology; Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering; etc.


Research within the field of animal biotechnology is both wide ranging and fast moving, giving rise to an increasingly diverse number of interesting and important applications.

Core topics will include the theory and practice of recombinant DNA techniques and a range of applications will be drawn from current literature to reflect recent advances in research, or future directions, which are of widespread interest and/or importance; for example,

the uses and applications of transgenic/ cloned animals;
problem solving using bioinformatics resources;
or modern clinical context of biotherapy [the use of animals such as maggots and leeches in the treatment and management of disease].


1. To raise students' awareness of the growing use and importance of animals within modern biotechnology

2. To develop an understanding of the principles, techniques involved and applications which arise from current animal biotechnology applications and future directions

3. To provide students with practical experience of the techniques involved in animal biotechnology

4. To encourage students' application of pre-existing scientific/ technical knowledge.


The student will be able to:

1. Critically discuss the principles, practices and applications of a range of examples drawn from modern animal biotechnology (coursework)

2. Perform appropriate practical techniques and data analysis/ interpretation relevant to a range of examples drawn from modern animal biotechnology (coursework and exam)

3. Discuss and use ICT resources relevant to a range of examples drawn from modern animal biotechnology and evaluate the information obtained (coursework and exam)


CH048 Introductory Genetics;
CH553 principles of genetics I;or
CH554 principles of genetics 2,
and/or equivalent module, or appropriate pre-course guided reading and

CH053 Biotechnology and Applied Biochemistry and CH401 Molecular Genetics;
CH575 biotechniques and practical molecular genetics;
CH549 genetics and evolution I;
CH550 genetics and evolution 2,
or appropriate pre-course guided reading.






The principle focus will be a mix of traditional lectures and practical classes, including ICT workshop(s). Lead lectures will introduce different topics and include in class exercises, such as discussions of examples/ case studies, interpretation of practical data / problem solving in order to enliven the traditional lecture sessions and provide informal formative feedback to students. Visiting speakers will bring [research led] expertise and knowledge covering up to date applications of theory. Lectures will have associated directed learning materials linked, where appropriate, to preparation for practical sessions. Laboratory sessions are designed to allow students to further develop subject based practical skills, illustrate appropriate aspects of the theory and allow students to apply their knowledge in a practical setting. Students are expected and encouraged to undertake a more independent approach to their learning when reading around the subject for completion of coursework and in preparation for the end examination, through the use of recommended databases and literature sources


Assessment is by coursework, which is 40% of the module total and by formal unseen examination, which is 60% of the module total.

Coursework will be focussed on the development of subject based skills and the use of practical techniques for the analysis and solution of applied problems (learning outcomes 1-3). At least one practical class is formatively assessed, in session, and all coursework serves a diagnostic and formative role in the preparation for the final examination. The end examination assesses the directed and independent learning which allows student to fully evaluate data to solve applied problems and/ or critically discuss a range of applications within the field of animal biotechnology (learning outcomes 1- 3)



Course info

Credits 10

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 36 months

Location Singapore

City Singapore

Start November or April

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