From Individuals to Populations: An Introduction to Genetics

Module code: BS1050

This module will introduce you to the patterns of genetic variation/inheritance in families and of genetic variation in populations, and to current applications of genetics into modern medicine, anthropology, biotechnology and conservation. We will consider topics such as Mendel laws of inheritance and genetic analysis of (human) phenotypes and the principles of evolution and population genetics including random mating, mutation, genetic drift and natural selection, demonstrating them with real-life examples. We will also examine the latest technological advances, how can they be applied to understanding biological systems, and how are they used in more applied fields of genetics. 

Topics covered

  • The chromosomal basis of inheritance
  • Mitosis and Meiosis
  • The laws of Mendel
  • Medical Genetics
  • Quantitative Genetics
  • Population Genetics
  • Forensic Genetics and Conservation Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Stem Cells
  • Cancer Genetics
  • Gene Therapy

Learning

  • 22 hours of lectures
  • 3 hours of seminars
  • 12 hours of practical classes and workshops
  • 8 hours of tutorials
  • 25 hours of supervised lab time
  • 80 hours of guided independent study

Assessment

  • Exam, 90 minutes (70%)
  • Practical report (30%)