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GN4010: HONOURS GENETICS - OPTION 1 (2018-2019)

Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

Course Overview

  • this advanced course explores the genetic basis of what it is to be human; 
  • the course offers a comprehensive view of the human genome and how it has been shaped by human history and prehistory, using information from genetics, medicine and archaeology; 
  • the interplay between genetics and culture will be examined, showing how these factors are important for understanding the variation in human health and disease; 
  • the course explores the recent findings arising from analyses of human genome data, both individual and population-wide, and provides training in the tools used in these analyses

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Jonathan Pettitt

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

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Course Description

Course Aims: The aim of this course is to provide an in-depth, up-to-date understanding of human genetics, with a special emphasis on recent findings from studies in the fields of genome, evolutionary and population biology. The course demonstrates how new insights into human biology and medicine have been obtained through the availability of multiple human genome sequences and how these are shedding light on the evolution of important human traits. Main Learning Outcomes: The student understand the importance played by the ready availability of genome sequence data from human populations and individuals throughout the world, and how this has impacted on the field of human genetics. Examples discussed range from disease susceptibility, likely environmental adaptions, the features that distinguish us from apes, and the role of introgression between anatomically modern humans and other homnins. The student will understand the forces, both directed and random, that shape the formation and reformation of the human genome. Content: The application of new sequencing techniques to and the tools used to analyse this data.

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 two-hour written paper (70%), in-course assessment (30%) consisting of one written essay style assessment.

Formative Assessment

Practice exam questions for Honours courses will be available via MyAberdeen. Whole-year exam information sessions will be delivered during the year. Problem-solving and data analysis sessions will be delivered during the year. 


In-course assessments will provide written comments and feedback. Opportunity for whole-class feedback will be provided during exam information and problem-solving sessions . 

Course Learning Outcomes


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