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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: 2022-23
    • See module specification for other years: 2021-22

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Autumn Term 2022-23

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


Task Length % of module mark
Online Exam -less than 24hrs (Centrally scheduled)
6 hours 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Online Exam -less than 24hrs (Centrally scheduled)
6 hours 100

Module feedback

Cohort-level feedback will be provided on performance in closed exams and made available via the VLE. Histograms of module marks will be posted on the notice boards outside the Biology Student Services office. Individual marks will be made available to you and your supervisor via e:vision. Exam scripts will be made available at the end of either the Spring or Summer terms. You should take the opportunity to discuss your marks and feedback with your supervisor.

During the teaching of the module you will receive feedback that may be at a whole class or individual level. Forms of feedback may include: model answers and discussion of workshop questions, summaries of performance in practicals, VLE-based quizzes, individual spoken comments during workshops, individual written comments on formative work.  

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