Genome Editing BIOL5376

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Molecular Biosciences
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

This course aims to introduce students to the range of techniques available for genome editing. 

The course will include online practical activities, in which students will follow an experiment to transfect cells with a CRISPR system and select and characterise edited cells.

The course will also review recent research developments in genome editing and related technologies.


Online sessions and in person lectures and tutorials

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





100%: short answer questions relating to a genome editing experiment that addresses all three ILOs. 2000 words

Course Aims

This course aims to introduce students to a range of different genome editing technologies. It will develop their knowledge of practical techniques so they can plan experiments, interpret data and troubleshoot problems. It will also develop their ability to understand and critically evaluate the details of different technologies and put them into the context of the scientific literature. 

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

1. Critically evaluate their knowledge of relevant molecular and cellular biology techniques to plan a genome editing experiment

2. Critically evaluate different genome editing strategies

3. Critically discuss the literature relating to genome editing

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.