Life Sciences

Genetics and Genomics

Module code: C7110
Level 5
15 credits in autumn teaching
Teaching method: Laboratory, Lecture
Assessment modes: Coursework, Unseen examination

This module covers aspects of both classical and molecular genetics. Starting from the basic principles of Mendelian inheritance and meiosis, the concepts of genetic linkage, recombination and mapping will then be introduced. We discuss, in detail, how the understanding of these processes can be used in the analysis of human disease traits.

You then move on to looking at the structure of genomes – again with an emphasis on the human genome and how changes to this structure can relate to human disease. Finally, we build on basic molecular genetics (covered in the Level 4 molecular biology module) to describe the advanced techniques now being used to analyse and manipulate genomes.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate an in depth knowledge and critical understanding of the basic principles of heredity and genetics
  • Apply underlying concepts and principles to new problems in this field
  • Be able to source and analyse data in order to derive basic hypotheses
  • Demonstrate an ability to communicate your work with structured and coherent arguments