Skip to Content

GN3502: GENETICS (2021-2022)

Last modified: 15 Nov 2021 12:15

Course Overview

  • this is a comprehensive course, providing an essential foundation for all advanced studies in Genetics, Chromosome Biology 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 materials, essay writing 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 Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Alexander Lorenz

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

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

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

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

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 week28
  • 2 Practicals during University week29
  • 1 Seminar during University week32
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 26 - 33
  • 2 Tutorials during University week34
  • 3 Tutorials during University week35

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

Essay 10%

Data analysis exercise 10%

2x Online test 7.5% each

Exam 65%


Resit: Exam resit, late submission arrangement for all other elements

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualUnderstandTo provide some fundamental, theoretical principles on which to form an integrated view of genetic processes
ProceduralApplyYou will experience at first hand some of the laboratory procedures, for genetic analysis. This will increase your level of experience at performing laboratory work
ConceptualApplyTo demonstrate and emphasise, where appropriate, the relevance of academic science to the well-being of our species, i.e. the application of genetics to the benefit of mankind and the environment.

Compatibility Mode

We have detected that you are have compatibility mode enabled or are using an old version of Internet Explorer. You either need to switch off compatibility mode for this site or upgrade your browser.