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Genetics - BIO00007C

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  • Department: Biology
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Louise Jones
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: C
  • Academic year of delivery: 2017-18

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2017-18

Module aims

Genetics provides an introduction to both classical and modern molecular genetics. We start by looking at Mendelian genetics, including consideration of how genetic maps are created and an introduction to human pedigrees. We then examine the basic mechanisms of transcription and translation and how gene expression can be regulated. The module concludes by considering the molecular tools that geneticists use and how these have been used to uncover the content of diverse genomes.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module a student will be able to:

  • Define what is a gene and understand how genotype relates to phenotype
  • Describe how genetic material is transmitted
  • Construct genetic maps based upon linkage data
  • Solve Mendelian Genetic problems
  • Describe the basic mechanisms of transcription and translation
  • Solve problems to demonstrate an understanding of how gene expression is controlled
  • Understand some of the principles of recombinant DNA technology
  • Compare and contrast the content and organization of prokaryotic and eukaryotic genomes
  • Students will have also gained lab skills in microscopy, Drosophila genetics and gel electrophoresis


Task Length % of module mark
University - closed examination
1.5 hours 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
University - closed examination
1.5 hours 100

Module feedback

Feedback on your progress is important to your learning process and we return all first and second year work to you after marking for feedback purposes via Biology Student Services in week 9 or 10 of the spring and summer terms. You will be notified by e-mail when your work is ready for collection.

Module marks are made available to both you and your supervisor via your eVision account as soon as the marks are available, by week 6 of the spring term and week 8 of the summer term. You are expected to discuss your performance and progress with your supervisor in your mid-spring term and end of summer term supervisory meetings.

A histogram of all module marks is produced and posted on the examinations notice board outside Biology Student Services.

Specimen answers are posted on the web: by comparing the specimen answers with your own, you should obtain a clear idea of what was expected of you. For each module the markers will also give general feedback on how well the questions were answered and point out any standard errors that students may have made.

Indicative reading

These are available in EARL which is accessible through the VLE module site.

Griffiths, Anthony J. F (2011). Introduction to genetic analysis. New York : W.H. Freeman or Klug, William S (2012). Concepts of genetics. Boston ; Pearson

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.