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Module code:BIOL2005 (Add to my personalised list)
Title:Genetic Systems
Credit value:.5
Division:Division of Biosciences
Module organiser (provisional):Dr Hazel Smith
Organiser's location:Biological Sciences
Organiser's email:hazel.smith@ucl.ac.uk
Available for students in Year(s):2
Module prerequisites:An intermediate level background in molecular genetics  
Module outline:This course aims to give students a detailed introduction to the major animal and plant models used to study eukaryotic genetics. Genetic model systems range from unicellular eukaryotes (yeasts and algae); to invertebrates (Drosophila and C. elegans); non-human vertebrates (zebrafish and mice) and higher plants (Arabidopsis). Methods of genetic analysis used to study these organisms include both classical (e.g. linkage mapping, mutant generation and screening) and molecular (e.g. transformation, transgenesis, the impact of large scale genome projects, comparative and reverse genetics) techniques. The advantages of particular models for different types of study (the genetics of obesity, mitochondrial function, programmed cell death, ras signalling, and eye development) will be discussed.  
Module aims:To give students a detailed introduction to the major plant, animal and fungal models used to study eukaryotic genetics. Both classical and molecular aspects of genetics will be covered and the advantages of particular models for different types of study discussed. 
Module objectives:After taking this course students should be able to describe the major eukaryotic model systems used to study genetics and give illustrative examples comparing their use. More specifically they would be expected to know and understand at the level presented in standard undergraduate texts:- 1. Basic biology and life cycles of genetic model systems including; invertebrates (Drosophila and C. elegans); non-human vertebrates (zebrafish and mice), higher plants (Arabidopsis)and algae (Chlamydomonas). 2. Methods of genetic analysis used to study these organisms including both classical (e.g. linkage mapping, mutant generation and screening) and molecular (e.g. transformation, transgenesis, the impact of large scale genome projects, comparative and reverse genetics) techniques. 3. Applications of these diverse model systems to study different aspects of genetics, to include genetics of obesity, cell cycle control, programmed cell death, ras signalling, and eye development.  
Key skills provided by module:Critical analysis of research papers. Collaborative problem solving. Scientific writing and presentations. 
Module timetable:https://timetable.ucl.ac.uk/tt/moduleTimet.do?firstReq=Y&moduleId=BIOL2005 
Module assessment:Unseen two-hour written examination 60.00%
Article (1,200 words) 15.00%
Group presentation 15.00%
Workshops 10.00% 
Notes:The module is core for students on the Genetics and Human Genetics degrees and the GEE Natural Sciences streams. Numbers are limited to 60. If more apply, preference will be given to students for whom BIOL2005 is a recommended option, to those who will be taking BIOL2004 or BIOC2003 in term 1 and to Biosciences affiliates with an equivalent molecular genetics (intermediate level) background 
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Last updated:2017-07-29 23:18:03 by ucbhhks