Introduces students to the principles of molecular genetics with an emphasis on human disease and an understanding of the key concepts underlying the experimental techniques of DNA manipulations. Topics include Mendelian genetics, chromosome structure, gene mapping, mutation and DNA repair, molecular population genetics, DNA testing, biotechnology and gene therapy.
Topic 1: The cellular environment of genes
Topic 2: Genes are the unit of inheritance
Topic 3: Non-Mendelian inheritance patterns
Topic 4: DNA and chromosome structure
Topic 5: DNA replication and recombination
Topic 6: Transcription and RNA processing
Topic 7: Translation and the genetic code
Topic 8: DNA and chromosomal mutations
Topic 9: Molecular genetic analysis and biotechnology
Topic 10: Genetic testing and gene therapy
Topic 11: Complex genetic disease
Topic 12: The human genome and gene discovery
Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.
Learning outcomes and graduate attributes
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||describe the mechanisms relating to storage, replication and expression of genetic material||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|2||compare chromosomal, single- and multifactorial-gene mutations and human disease||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|3||demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of mechanisms of DNA mutation and repair||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|4||evaluate methods of identifying human disease genes and treatment of genetic disorders||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|5||develop analytical and laboratory skills in the area of molecular genetics||Intellectual rigour||Lifelong learning|
- Pierce, B. A, 2014, Genetics: A Conceptual Approach, 5th edn, WH Freeman and Company, New York. ISBN: 146410946X.
Teaching and assessment
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