module specification

BM7122 - Medical Genetics and Genomics (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title Medical Genetics and Genomics
Module level Masters (07)
Credit rating for module 20
School School of Human Sciences
Total study hours 200
160 hours Guided independent study
40 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 40%   Report (2000 words)
Unseen Examination 60%   Time constrained unseen test (2 hours)
Running in 2017/18
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Spring semester North Monday Afternoon

Module summary

 This module focuses on human diseases with a genetic component, from monogenic disorders to complex, multifactorial diseases. Consideration is also given to hereditary mechanisms not linked to DNA sequence (e.g. genomic imprinting).

Prior learning requirements


Module aims

The module aims to provide an appreciation of the genetic basis of inherited diseases and, wherever possible, relate disease phenotype to mutations in gene products or to aberrations in gene expression. The material covered emphasises how an understanding of human biology has advanced through the study of genetic diseases, explores the development of therapeutic strategies using up-to-date primary sources and discusses the latest technological innovations. 


Genetic variation in individuals and populations: autosomal dominant and recessive inheritance; sex-linked and mitochondrial inheritance; complexities of inheritance patterns.
Epigenetics and the control of gene expression at varying levels.
Clinical cytogenetics: chromosomal basis of syndromic disease.
Clinical aspects of monogenic and multifactorial inheritance: disorders of metabolism, haemoglobinopathies and other common diseases.
Selected specialist topics including developmental genetics, cancer genetics, immunogenetics 

Learning and teaching

Students will be guided in their learning using a combination of private study (135 hours), interactive lectures (20 hours), 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 material through the completion 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. 

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
1.  Articulate a deep understanding of the genetic basis of a range of diseases and the complexities of their inheritance patterns;
2. Understand and apply numerical formulae to assess parameters such as Hardy Weinberg equilibrium, allele frequency, and the heritable risk of monogenic autosomal and sex linked disorders and of complex diseases;
3.  Recognise, interpret and explain to a high level of competency, changes in gene structure or expression in terms of the development of disease phenotype;
4.  Discuss and defend the wide scope of clinical practice in relation to the diagnosis and treatment of selected genetic diseases;
5.  Critically evaluate published cutting-edge medical genetic research and produce a balanced review of a selected genetic topic using up-to-date primary sources. 

Assessment strategy

The module will be summatively assessed by the completion of a 2000 word report on a selected genetic topic (40%) and by an end of module test (60%) (2 hours) comprising short answer questions.
To pass the module students must achieve a minimum aggregate mark of 50%

Component            Marks  Learning outcomes
report                     40%  1,2,3,4,5
Module exam       60%  1,2,3,4



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