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BB10214: Human molecular genetics

[Page last updated: 02 August 2022]

Academic Year: 2022/23
Owning Department/School: Department of Biology & Biochemistry
Credits: 6 [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 120
Level: Certificate (FHEQ level 4)
Semester 2
Assessment Summary: EX 100%
Assessment Detail:
  • Examination (EX 100%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Requisites: Before taking this module you must take BB10006
While taking this module you must take BB10005
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.

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.

Skills: 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.

Content: 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.

Programme 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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