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TITLE Molecular Biology and Genetics

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Physiology and Biochemistry

DESCRIPTION The teaching programme is intended to give the students an in-depth review of fundamental and advanced concepts in genetics, genomics and molecular biology.
The study unit will cover:
- DNA/RNA physiology
- Mendelian and non-Mendelian inheritance
- Single gene and complex disorders
- Differential gene control
- Mechanisms of genetic diseases
- Molecular Diagnostic approaches
- Identification of causative genes and marker genes
- Association and linkage studies

Learning Objectives

By the end of the study-unit the student should have a critical understanding of human genetics and genomics including the fudamental physiology of DNA and many elements of differential gene control, The mechanisms of genetic disease in terms of molecular patho-physiology and the molecular diagnostic approach. Students should at least be familiar with the scope and limitations of the experimental methods employed.

Reading List

The recommended text is any one of the following:
1. The science of genetics
Alan G. Atherly, Jack R. Girton, John F. McDonald
Publisher: Fort Worth: Saunders College Publishing, c1999.
ISBN: 0030332222

2. Essentials of molecular biology
David Freifelder
Publisher: Boston: Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 1985.
ISBN: 0867200510

3. Human genetics: the molecular revolution
Edwin H. McConkey
Publisher: Boston: Jones and Bartlett Publishers, c1993.
ISBN: 0867208546

Students should also consult current issues of the European Journal of Human Genetics, the American Journal of Human Genetics, Nucleic Acids Research and any others as directed. Students are also referred to significant websites such as online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM).

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Tutorial

Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment Yes 10%
Examination (2 Hours) Yes 40%
Assignment Yes 10%
Examination (2 Hours) Yes 40%


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It should be noted that all the information in the study-unit description above applies to the academic year 2017/8, if study-unit is available during this academic year, and may be subject to change in subsequent years.

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