A fundamental understanding of the principles and techniques in molecular biology confers students with the ability to utilize this expertise during the entire course of their research program and beyond. The course contents will emphasize fundamental principles which will subsequently be translated into laboratory sessions. These two components will reinforce learning and facilitate the holistic development of intellectual and psychomotor skills. Techniques taught will include good laboratory practices as followed in a molecular biology laboratory, nucleic acid extraction and purification, restriction and amplification of DNA, transcription of RNA, real time PCR and some recent advance in molecular biology techniques.