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LF205-15 Genetics and Genomics

Department
Life Sciences
Level
Undergraduate Level 2
Module leader
Guy Barker
Credit value
15
Module duration
5 days
Assessment
Multiple
Study location
University of Warwick main campus, Coventry
Introductory description

The ability to sequence whole genomes at increasingly affordable costs has dramatically improved our ability to explore the molecular genetic basis of complex variation. This provides enormous potential for advances in food security, human and animal health, and adaptation to climate change including sustainable energy sources. This module will introduce and reinforce the concepts and techniques in genetics and genomics that can be used to understand and manipulate complex traits, including hands-on workshops in several of the topics.

Module web page

Module aims

The ability to sequence whole genomes at increasingly affordable costs has dramatically improved our ability to explore the molecular genetic basis of complex variation. This provides enormous potential for advances in food security, human and animal health, and adaptation to climate change including sustainable energy sources. This module will introduce the concepts and techniques in genetics and genomics that can be used to understand and manipulate complex traits, including an introduction to practical skills.

Outline syllabus

This is an indicative module outline only to give an indication of the sort of topics that may be covered. Actual sessions held may differ.

Introduction to computational biology
Conservation Genetics
Pedigree analysis and linkage mapping
Genetics and Ageing
Personalised nutrition
Gene therapy
Ethical issues
"The End Game" finding a causal gene
Genome-Wide Association Mapping
The Extended Genome

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

  • Level 5 understanding of molecular genetic methods that will include advanced pedigree analysis, recombination (linkage) mapping of quantitative variation, and genome-wide association mapping
  • Level 5 understanding of how molecular genetics can increasingly play an important role in our everyday lives
  • Level 5 understanding of of sub-cellular biology with modern genetics to appreciate how the phenotype of whole organism is determined.
Indicative reading list

The module will use a combination of recent review articles and refereed papers
exemplifying the techniques and their implementation.

Subject specific skills

Show a practical understanding of molecular genetic methods that will include advanced pedigree analysis, recombination (linkage) mapping of quantitative variation, and genome-wide association mapping.

Show an understanding of how molecular genetics can increasingly play an important role in our everyday lives

Transferable skills

Self directed learning
Adult learning
Activity based learning

Study time

Type Required
Lectures 12 sessions of 1 hour (5%)
Seminars 4 sessions of 1 hour (2%)
Practical classes 3 sessions of 6 hours (8%)
Private study 116 hours (52%)
Assessment 75 hours (33%)
Total 225 hours
Private study description

Self directed learning and revision for the end of year exam

Costs

No further costs have been identified for this module.

You do not need to pass all assessment components to pass the module.

Students can register for this module without taking any assessment.

Assessment group D1
Weighting Study time
Workshop 1 7% 10 hours

Computer based assessment - students will submit a written report

Workshop 2 7% 10 hours

Computer based assessment - students will submit a written report

Workshop 3 16% 10 hours

Computer based assessment - students will submit a written report

Online Examination 70% 45 hours

45 min short answer paper / 45 min essay paper

~Platforms - Moodle


  • Online examination: No Answerbook required
Assessment group R1
Weighting Study time
Exam (Capped) 100%

45 min SAQ paper / 45 min essay paper


  • Answerbook Green (8 page)
  • students may use a calculator
Feedback on assessment

Individual written feedback for Workshops.
Post exam board cohort level feedback for exam.

Past exam papers for LF205

Courses

This module is Core for:

  • Year 2 of UBSA-3 Undergraduate Biological Sciences
  • Year 2 of ULFA-C1A1 Undergraduate Biological Sciences (MBio)
  • Year 2 of ULFA-C113 Undergraduate Biological Sciences (with Placement Year)
  • Year 2 of ULFA-C1A5 Undergraduate Biological Sciences with Industrial Placement (MBio)
  • Year 2 of UIPA-C1L8 Undergraduate Life Sciences and Global Sustainable Development

This module is Core optional for:

  • Year 2 of UIPA-C1L8 Undergraduate Life Sciences and Global Sustainable Development

This module is Optional for:

  • Year 2 of UBSA-C700 Undergraduate Biochemistry
  • Year 2 of ULFA-C1A2 Undergraduate Biochemistry (MBio)
  • Year 2 of ULFA-C702 Undergraduate Biochemistry (with Placement Year)
  • Year 2 of ULFA-C1A6 Undergraduate Biochemistry with Industrial Placement (MBio)
  • Year 2 of UBSA-C1B9 Undergraduate Biomedical Science
  • Year 2 of ULFA-C1A3 Undergraduate Biomedical Science (MBio)
  • Year 2 of ULFA-C1A7 Undergraduate Biomedical Science with Industrial Placement (MBio)
  • Year 2 of ULFA-CB18 Undergraduate Biomedical Science with Placement Year
  • Year 2 of ULFA-B140 Undergraduate Neuroscience (BSc)
  • Year 2 of ULFA-B142 Undergraduate Neuroscience (MBio)
  • Year 2 of ULFA-B143 Undergraduate Neuroscience (with Industrial Placement) (MBio)
  • Year 2 of ULFA-B141 Undergraduate Neuroscience (with Placement Year) (BSc)