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BLGY3291 Comparative Genomics

10 creditsClass Size: 120

Module manager: Professor Peter Meyer

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

This module is not approved as a discovery module


This module will introduce students to research activity carried out at genomic scales, in a range of animal and plant species, and the output of those studies.

Learning outcomes
By the end of the module, students:
- should be aware of the scale and scope of genome projects;
- appreciate the technical and scientific problems involved in genome sequencing;
- understand how these have been tackled and solved in different projects;
- know where to look for the immense volumes of data generated by genome projects and how to access this data;
- understand how to use, interpret and apply genome data;
- appreciate newly emerging insights into evolution and evolutionary relationships between species.


Lecture topics:
Genomics: Introduction
Protozoan parasite genomes & metabolomics
Other insect genomes
Protein interactions
Plant genomes: tools and resources
Comparative genomics & plant gene function
Cancer genome projects
Arabidopsis thaliana genomics and TAIR
Ethical & economic effects of the HGP II

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Computer Class23.006.00
Private study hours79.00
Total Contact hours21.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Student attendance at lectures and computer classes will be monitored in line with standard faculty practice.
- Completion of coursework and exam
- Engagement with VLE resources.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Computer Exercise2 x computer exercises20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)20.00

2 x computer exercises Failure to submit this work or make a serious attempt will result in a V code being appended to the final module mark. For full details see the Code of Practice on Assessment.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 00 mins80.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)80.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 25/04/2019


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