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This course provides students with an in-depth overview of the study of ancient DNA. Through extensive training in theoretical concepts and principles, laboratory methods, and bioinformatics, you will attain specialist skills in the analysis of DNA extracted from archaeological remains.
|Session||Second Sub Session||Credit Points||30 credits (15 ECTS credits)|
Ancient DNA is an increasingly important tool across a wide variety of scientific disciplines. It provides a means of directly observing genetic change across time and space, and has revolutionised our understanding of the genetic and evolutionary history of many species of animals and plants.
The aim of this course is to provide in-depth knowledge and understanding of ancient DNA, with a special emphasis on DNA diagenesis and recent methodological advances in molecular biology and bioinformatics. Students will be introduced to the history of the field and current state-of-the-art theory and practice in a series of research-informed lectures and student-led seminars. The students will also gain specialist practical and analytical skills in a series of laboratory practicals and interactive workshops, by becoming familiar with the workflows and methods involved with working on DNA preserved in archaeological bones samples all the way from a museum collection to a specialist bioinformatics pipeline.
|Laboratory reagents and consumables are estimated to cost some £400 in total/course.||GBP 400.00|
Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.
Seminar participation (20%)
Alternative Resit Assessment
Resit of any failed element
There are no assessments for this course.
|Knowledge Level||Thinking Skill||Outcome|
|Conceptual||Understand||Demonstrate a systematic and in-depth understanding and critical awareness of key properties of ancient DNA|
|Procedural||Analyse||Analyse and critically appraise ancient DNA sequences to ensure data authenticity|
|Procedural||Apply||Apply this understanding to ancient DNA laboratory methods and analytical techniques, and interpret and critically evaluate their output|
|Procedural||Evaluate||Critically assess, appraise, evaluate, and critique ancient DNA research and published literature|