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BB10214: Human molecular genetics

[Page last updated: 15 October 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Biology & Biochemistry
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Certificate (FHEQ level 4)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: EX 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Examination (EX 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: Before taking this module you must take BB10006
While taking this module you must take BB10005
Description: Aims:
To provide students with an introduction to the basic concepts of molecular genetics in a human context, including genome organisation and gene expression, transmission genetics, the molecular basis of mutagenesis, population/quantitative genetics and applied genetics in the context of medicine and forensics.

Learning Outcomes:
After taking this course the student should be able to:
* Describe how the chemical structure of DNA accounts for information encoding and its change
* Describe gene regulation and protein synthesis
* Explain Mendelian principles and their underlying concepts
* Describe how genetic variation is used in population genetics
* Describe applications of genomic knowledge in medicine, health and forensics.

Knowledge and understanding T/F/A, Intellectual skills F/A, Written communication T/F/A, Numeracy & computation T/F/A, Data acquisition, handling, and analysis T/F/A, Information technology T/F, Working independently T/F.

Principles of genetics and genomic science. Four major areas: a) human genome organisation and gene expression, b) sources of genomic variation and principles of inheritance, c) basic principles of quantitative and population genetics, d) applied genetics. Additionally: 1) brief overview of recent technological advances in sequencing and bioinformatics analyses of genes and genomes as well as, 2) applications of genomic science to medicine and forensic science.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

BB10214 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Biology & Biochemistry
  • UXXX-AFB11 : BSc(Hons) Biomedical Sciences (Year 1)
  • UXXX-AKB11 : BSc(Hons) Biomedical Sciences with Professional Placement (Year 1)
  • UXXX-AFM11 : MBioMed(Hons) Biomedical Sciences (Year 1)
  • UXXX-AKM11 : MBioMed(Hons) Biomedical Sciences with Professional Placement (Year 1)


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