Life Sciences

Research Methods in Genetics

Module code: C7152
Level 4
15 credits in spring teaching
Teaching method: Workshop, Lecture, Laboratory
Assessment modes: Coursework

This module introduces key skills for contemporary genetics: statistics, bioinformatics, and also an understanding of the wider social and ethical implications of genetics and genomics. Statistics allows us to form a quantitative understanding about experimental or observational data and the information we can extract from it. Statistical methods and concepts underlie the use of the vast amounts of data available from genomics and information technology.

This module introduces key concepts in statistics and offers practical experience of handling and interpreting bioinformatics and experimental data, and their application with lectures and workshops. The second part of the module looks at the impact of genetics and genomics in contemporary medicine and agriculture as well as the wider social and ethical issues. This includes lectures, student presentations and an essay.

Module learning outcomes

  • Understand a range of statistical methods that are commonly used in genetics, and use a modern software package to process the data and carry out statistical tests.
  • Apply statistical methods to experimental data.
  • Use bioinformatics databases to investigate questions about genetic variation and evolution in humans or other organisms.
  • Research and understand literature on the applications of genetics and genomics in medicine or agriculture and their ethical implications. Explain these orally and in writing.