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BLGY3152 Advanced Topics in Human Genetics

20 creditsClass Size: 100

Module manager: Dr Stephanie Wright

Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Pre-requisite qualifications

Some genetics at Level 1.

Module replaces

BLGY3151 and BLGY3230

This module is not approved as a discovery module


Students should have gained a knowledge of current research in a range of topics in human genetics.

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module, students will be able to;
- understand and demonstrate coherent and detailed subject knowledge and professional competencies some of which will be informed by recent research/scholarship in human genetics;
- deploy accurately standard techniques of analysis and enquiry within human genetics;
- demonstrate a conceptual understanding which enables the development and sustaining of an argument;
- describe and comment on particular aspects of recent research and/or scholarship;
- appreciate the uncertainty, ambiguity and limitations of knowledge in human genetics;
- make appropriate use of scholarly reviews and primary sources; and
- apply their knowledge and understanding in order to initiate and carry out an extended piece of work or project;
- be able to use the transferable/key/generic skills necessary for employment related to human genetics;
- be able to exercise initiative and personal responsibility;
- be able to deploy decision making skills in complex and unpredictable situations.

Skills outcomes
- Managing Knowledge: sourcing / selecting / interpreting data.
- Technical Competence: IT skills.
- Managing Self: planning, time management.
- Presentation Skills.


This module will cover these topics;
- mechanisms leading to genome instability
- DNA damage, repair and recombination
- genome instability in cancer
- telemere biology; telomeres in ageing and cancer
- recombination and generation of diversity in the immune system
- single gene and complex disorders
- triplet repeat disorders
- protein structures and human genetic disorders
- chromosome syndromes, molecular cytogenetics and chromosome mosaicism

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours168.00
Total Contact hours32.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

- Some of these topics will be well supported by e-lectures/Henry Stewart online talks (20 hours)
- 80 hours consolidating lectures and online learning
- 50 hours examination and preparation.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- there will be two pieces of assessed coursework.

Methods of assessment

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)3 hr 00 mins100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)100.00

3 x 1 hour essay questions (3/5)

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 25/04/2019


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