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This subject will describe the fundamental characteristics of a genome, its structure and how genetic information contained within the genome is expressed and transmitted. The subject will integrate the molecular basis of genetic variation with the principles of Mendelian, quantitative and population genetics to explain patterns of genetic variation. A core aspect of this subject will be the development of analytical skills associated with solving genetic-based problems and interpreting data from genetic experiments.
Intended learning outcomes
By the end of the subject the student should be able to:
- describe the molecular characteristics of a genome and the processes that shape it;
- explain how the information within a genome is expressed and influences the characteristics of an individual;
- discuss the nature of genetic variation and its transmission; and
- analyse and interpret experimental data relevant to genetics and genomics;
Completion of this subject is expected to enhance the generic skills of a student in:
- the capacity to synthesize knowledge gained from participation in lectures, workshops and problem classes;
- the ability to think critically about data and experimental approaches; and
- the ability to work collaboratively in groups to solve problems and communicate answers.
Last updated: 6 December 2023