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GEGE2901: Genetics and Genomics (Advanced)

The era of genomics has revolutionised our approach to biology. Recent breakthroughs in genetics and genomic technologies have led to improvements in human and animal health, in breeding and selection of economically important organisms and in the curation and care of wild species and complex ecosystems. In this unit, students will investigate/describe ways in which modern biology uses genetics and genomics to study life, from the unicellular through to complex multicellular organisms and their interactions in communities and ecosystems. This unit includes a solid foundation in classical Mendelian genetics and its extensions into quantitative and population genetics. It also examines how our ability to sequence whole genomes has changed our capacities and our understanding of biology. Links between DNA, phenotype and the performance of organisms and ecosystems will be highlighted. The unit will examine the profound insights that modern molecular techniques have enabled in the fields of developmental biology, gene regulation, population genetics and molecular evolution. The Advanced mode of Genetics and Genomics will provide you with challenge and a higher level of academic rigour. You will have the opportunity to plan a project that will develop your skills in contemporary genetics/molecular biology techniques and will provide you with a greater depth of disciplinary understanding. The Advanced mode will culminate in a written report and/or in an oral presentation where you will discuss a recent breakthrough that has been enabled by the use of modern genetics and genomics technologies. This is a unit for anyone wanting to better understand the how genetics has shaped the earth and how it will shape the future.

Code GEGE2901
Academic unit Life and Environmental Sciences Academic Operations
Credit points 6
Annual average mark of at least 70
GENE2002 or MBLG2072 or GEGE2001 or MBLG2972
Assumed knowledge:
Mendelian genetics, mechanisms of evolution, molecular and chromosomal bases of inheritance, and gene regulation and expression

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Understand mechanisms underlying genetic and genomic variation across all life forms (the Tree of Life), and how this variation shapes life on earth.
  • LO2. Choose among genetic and genomic analytical tools and apply them to investigate research questions in the Life Sciences.
  • LO3. Work individually and as part of a team to critically evaluate scientific information, and communicate research results via scientific reports and presentations.
  • LO4. Describe how genetics and genomics are increasingly contributing to the Life Sciences, and more broadly, to Society.