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GN4010: HONOURS GENETICS - OPTION 1 (2017-2018)

Last modified: 25 May 2018 11:16

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

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • One of Intercalating (Studied) or MB3005 The Molecular Biology of the Cell (Passed) or MB3006 The Molecular Biology of the Cell (Passed)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


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.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • BSc Biotechnology (Applied Molecular Bio)
  • BSc Genetics
  • BSc Genetics (Biobusiness)
  • BSc Genetics (Immunology & Biobusiness)
  • BSc Genetics (Immunology)
  • BSc Genetics (Intercalating)
  • BSc Molecular Biology
  • BSc Molecular Biology (Biobusiness)
  • BSc Molecular Biology (Intercalating)
  • BSc in Biotechnology (Applied Molecular Bio) (Intercalating)
  • BSc in Biotechnology (Applied Molecular Biology & Biobusines
  • MSci Biotechnology (Ap Mol Bio & Biobusiness) with Ind'l P'mnt
  • MSci Genetics (Biobusines) with Ind'l Pl'mnt
  • MSci Genetics (Immunology) with Ind'l Pl'mnt
  • MSci Genetics with Industrial Placement
  • MSci Molecular Biology with Indust Placem
  • MSci in Biotechnology(Appd Molecular Bio) with Ind Placement
  • MSci in Molecular Biology (Biobusiness) with Industri Placem
  • Msci In Genetics (Immunology & Biobusiness) With Ip

Contact Teaching Time

22 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


1st Attempt: 1 two-hour written paper (70%), in-course assessment consisting of one written research feature (2000 words) (30%). Resit: 1 three-hour written paper (75%), plus previous in-course assessment essay (2000 words) (25%).

Formative Assessment

- Mock exam with personal tutor allows students to practice for essay based exams and receive feedback on their performance. - Practice exam questions on MyAberdeen - Problem-solving sessions with personal tutor


- Essays will be marked with written comments. - Tutorial sessions will provide feedback on course content. - Comments will be provided on the mock exam question.

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