BTH2732 - Recombinant DNA technology - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Organisational Unit

Malaysia School of Science

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Adeline Ting


Dr Tan Hock Siew

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


BIO1722, BIO1011 or BIO1022


BMS2062, MOL2022


In order to carry out any DNA manipulation a large variety of enzymes and specialised techniques are used. This unit will provide the opportunity to gain an understanding of the nature and use of the "tools of the trade" applied routinely by molecular biologists. This includes the management of biological databases. A wide variety of applications will be explored, ranging from human disease situations to genetic modification of crop species.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Discuss basic principles of recombinant DNA technology;
  2. Select and apply practical techniques to achieve a range of experimental outcomes in molecular biology;
  3. Give examples of the applications of recombinant DNA technology in medical and industrial settings;
  4. Describe the use of biological databases for data storage;
  5. Demonstrate skill in data mining;
  6. Present, analyse and interpret experimental data.


NOTE: From 1 July 2019, the duration of all exams is changing to combine reading and writing time. The new exam duration for this unit is 2 hours and 10 minutes.

Examination (2 Hours): 60%

Project: 20%

Tutorial exercises: 20%

Workload requirements

Three hours of lectures and two hours of practical/tutorial per week

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