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BI2023: INTRODUCTION TO GENETICS (2021-2022)

Last modified: 05 Oct 2021 14:40


Course Overview

A series of lectures and practical labs and computer workshops will introduce you to the fundamental principles of genetics and molecular biology.

By approaching the subject with an evolutionary perspective that is informed by genome analysis, you will be exposed to modern analysis techniques and the central dogma of molecular biology as applied to genetics.

By exploring a topic through a bioethical perspective, you will gain a better understanding of your own views and the complexity of ethics related to genetics.

 

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Cath Dennis

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

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

This course will guide you through the basic mechanisms of molecular genetics, inheritance and evolution.  We include animals, plants and micro-organisms.


Over 11 weeks, you will cover:

  • The central dogma of molecular biology
  • Genome structure and variation
  • Mendelian inheritance
  • Polygenic inheritance
  • Linkage and genetic mapping
  • Gene regulation
  • Population genetics
  • Genome analysis of communities
  • Bioethics
      

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Practical during University weeks 11, 13, 17, 19
  • 2 Seminars during University weeks 9 - 10, 12, 14 - 16, 18 - 19
  • 1 Seminar during University weeks 11, 13, 17
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 16, 18, 18 - 19
  • 1 Workshop during University weeks 10, 10, 10, 12, 12, 12, 12, 14, 14, 14 - 15, 14 - 16

More Information about Week Numbers


In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

Data analysis

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 10
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Feedback

Assessment will be based on data analysis related to labs. Written feedback will be given. Feedback will be given within two weeks of submission.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualAnalyseAnalyse relevant datasets according to knowledge of basic principles.
ConceptualUnderstandUnderstand the basic principles of genetics and evolution
ProceduralUnderstandUnderstand a range of practical laboratory techniques relevant to the field of genetics, genomes and evolution

Bioethics reflection

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 10
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Students will write a summary of the bioethical considerations associated with one practical. 

Feedback will be written, two weeks following submission.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualEvaluateEvaluate topic areas from a bioethical perspective 

Exam

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 50
Assessment Weeks 19,20 Feedback Weeks 24,25

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30 online test type questions + 2 short essays from a choice of set questions.  Essay topic areas will be set in advance so students can choose which areas to focus on. 

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualAnalyseAnalyse relevant datasets according to knowledge of basic principles.
ConceptualUnderstandUnderstand the basic principles of genetics and evolution

Two short lab papers

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 30
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Two short lab papers worth 15% each

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Resit Assessments

Resubmission of failed elements

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Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualUnderstandUnderstand the basic principles of genetics and evolution
ProceduralUnderstandUnderstand a range of practical laboratory techniques relevant to the field of genetics, genomes and evolution
ConceptualAnalyseAnalyse relevant datasets according to knowledge of basic principles.
ConceptualEvaluateEvaluate topic areas from a bioethical perspective 

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