module specification

BC6059 - Genomics (2023/24)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2023/24
Module title Genomics
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Human Sciences
Total study hours 150
111 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
39 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 50%   Practical report (2000 words)
Coursework 50%   Portfolio (2000 words)
Running in 2023/24

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Spring semester North Tuesday Morning

Module summary

This module provides information and guidance to facilitate an 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 and reflect on the topics studied and their application in biomedical practice.

Prior learning requirements



Review of the basis of molecular biology and genetics.
Study the developments in genomes and genetics
Mechanics of DNA replication, transcription and translation. (1-3)
Genomic technology, DNA in forensics. Discussion of ethical issues involved in Genetic testing and screening; development and use of gene therapies. And 3rd generation sequencing (3)

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

Students will be guided by staff in their learning using a combination of private study, interactive lectures, novel investigative practicals and small group tutorials exploring realistic problems/case studies. Preparation for assignments 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.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
1. understand inheritance patterns in human pedigrees and the processes of mutation detection by genomic techniques and the consequences of various genomic mutations and polymorphisms in health and disease;
2. analyse and solve molecular biological, genetic and genomic problems
3. Use numerical formulae to assess parameters such as the Hardy Weinberg equilibrium; allele frequency and genetic and physical distance between genomic markers and recognise and explain changes in gene structure or expression and in terms of the development of disease phenotype

Assessment strategy

The module will be summatively assessed by the completion of a practical report on a selected genetic topic and by a portfolio reflecting on current reading and seminars..
To pass the module students must achieve a minimum aggregate mark of 40%