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GN3502: GENETICS (2018-2019)

Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

Course Overview

  • this is a comprehensive course, providing an essential foundation for all advanced studies in Genetics and Molecular Biology; 
  • the principles of molecular genetics and population genetics will be covered, with an emphasis on their application to the understanding of human biology. The teaching material will integrate information arising from the recent explosion of genome sequence data, equipping students with the necessary skills to engage with this rapidly developing field; 
  • a wide range of transferable skills are embedded within the course, including problem-solving, critical analysis of research material, oral and written presentation and subject-specific laboratory and computational skills

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Alexander Lorenz

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

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Course Description

The principles of genetic analysis; genetics of a simple eukaryotes; genome-enabled genetics; population genetics; medical genetics, including simple and complex genetic diseases.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 1 three-hour essay examination (70%) and in-course assessment (30%). Continuous assessment comprises: 2 laboratory reports and 1 essay.

Resit: 1 three-hour essay examination (70%) and previous continuous assessment (30%).

Formative Assessment

- PRS-based revision sessions allow students to practice for MCQ tests and receive feedback on their performance. - PRS-based MCQ in lectures/practicals. - Practice exam questions on MyAberdeen. - Problem-solving sessions.


- Practical reports and essays will be marked with written comments. - Problem solving questions will be discussed during a lecture/feedback session. - Tutorial sessions will provide feedback on course content. - Students are given general feedback on performance during PRS revision sessions. - Students receive on-line feedback on completion of the MCQ tests and quizzes. - PRS MCQ assessment answers discussed during assessment session. Immediate feedback on practice questions available on MyAberdeen. - Feedback on problem-based learning exercise.

Course Learning Outcomes


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