BM7120 - Fundamentals of Medical Genetics and Genomics (2020/21)
|Module specification||Module approved to run in 2020/21|
|Module title||Fundamentals of Medical Genetics and Genomics|
|Module level||Masters (07)|
|Credit rating for module||20|
|School||School of Human Sciences|
|Total study hours||200|
|Running in 2020/21||
Introduction to Genetics and Genomics
This module provides information and guidance to facilitate an indepth understanding and knowledge of the theory and practical applications of molecular biology, genetics and genomics. It explains the underlying mechanisms of molecular biology and enables these ideas to be expanded to the understanding of human health and disease.
To provide, thorough in depth study, knowledge and understanding of the theory and practical applications of the underling molecular biology of modern genetics and genomics. This module will investigate both historical and modern approaches to genomics. It will reinforce analytical, evaluative and communication skills. The module will also enable students to research a topical issue in depth and present it at an appropriate level and reflect on the topics studied and their application in biomedical practice.
Review of the basis of molecular biology and genetics.
Study the vast developments in genomes and genetics
Mechanics of DNA replication, transcription and translation.
Genomic technology, DNA in forensics.
Learning and teaching
Students will be guided by staff in their learning using a combination of private study (160 hours), interactive lectures (20 hours), novel investigative practicals (6 hours) and small group tutorials exploring realistic problems/case studies (14 hours). Preparation for assignments (25 h) will enable students to reinforce and expand their knowledge base and develop subject skills and competences. They will be able to assess and reflect upon their understanding of the fundamental material through the completion of on-line quizzes.
On completion of this module students’ provide an evaluation of how the module enabled them to develop skills such as information technology, organisational skills, team building, communication, time management and working under pressure.
On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
- Interpret inheritance patterns in human pedigrees and the processes of mutation detection by genomic techniques and explain the consequences of various genomic mutations and polymorphisms in health and disease.
Apply critical thinking to the analysis and solve molecular biological,
genetic and genomic problems and with an appreciation of current and evolving concepts in genomics specifically through therapeutic and forensic applications.
- Understand numerical formulae to assess parameters such as Hardy Weinberg equilibrium; allele frequency; linkage disequilibrium and genetic and physical distance between genomic markers
- Recognise, interpret and explain changes in gene structure or expression and in terms of the development of disease phenotype; understand and interpret data generated by modern genomic techniques and analysis
- Demonstrate, through completion of quizzes and learning log that students are engaging in and developing their own ongoing learning.
The module will be summatively assessed by the completion of a 2000 word practical report on a selected genetic topic (50%, covering learning outcomes 1, 2,4) and by a learning log (50%, covering learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4) portfolio reflecting on current reading and seminars..
Complete weekly quizzes (5)
To pass the module students must achieve a minimum aggregate mark of 50%
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