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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

BLGY3152 Advanced Topics in Human Genetics

20 creditsClass Size: 100

Module manager: Dr Stephanie Wright

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

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 - demonstrate a conceptual understanding which enables the development and sustaining of an argument;
- appreciate the uncertainty, ambiguity and limitations of knowledge in human genetics;
- 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;

There will be a combination of live lectures and recorded videos that have been specifically adapted for online delivery. These will be interspersed with live sessions for discussion of specific research papers and lecture material. Student understanding will be assessed continuously throughout the course, both through these sessions and via the three pieces of assessed coursework. There will be timetabled sessions to provide coursework feedback.

Skills outcomes
The assessed coursework essays will provide experience in sourcing, selecting and interpreting data, and in presentation of logical arguments.


Topics covered:
- Telomeres: biology, ageing and cancer;
- Epigenetics: mechanisms, genetic disease and cancer;
- DNA damage, repair and recombination, including mechanisms leading to genome instability;
- Recombination and generation of diversity in the immune system;
- Genome integrity in cancer and cancer genome projects (including epigenetics);
- Clinical aspects: chromosome syndromes, molecular cytogenetics, stratified medicine.

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 supported external online talks;
- 168 hours consolidating lectures, online learning and coursework preparation.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

There will be one piece of assessed coursework.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course AssessmentEssay33.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)33.00

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

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment24 hr 67.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)67.00

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: 02/05/2024


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