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Module code:BIOL3013 (Add to my personalised list)
Title:Advanced Human Genetics: Research Principles
Credit value:.5
Division:Division of Biosciences
Module organiser (provisional):Prof Francois Balloux
Organiser's location:Biological Sciences
Available for students in Year(s):3
Module prerequisites:BIOL2006 Introduction to Human Genetics or Human Genetics/Genetics iBSc. This module shares lectures and practical content with BIOLM013 and BIOLG014. The practical classes cannot accommodate more than 80 students. Should the combined module size exceed 80, the criteria outlined above will become mandatory for confirmation of enrolment on BIOL3013.  
Module outline:Human Genetics has undergone a tremendous expansion in recent years, in no small measure due to a wide-ranging technological revolution. Results from this research are having a growing impact across a range of disciplines, including medicine, biology, anthropology and forensics. This module introduces the basic principles underlying modern human genetics research. A combination of lectures presenting the theoretical principles, practical exercises allowing you to apply these principles, and research-focused lectures providing illustrative case-studies.  
Module aims:The aim of this module is to introduce you to some of the principal analytical and laboratory approaches currently used for establishing the involvement of genetic factors in disease. We will explore ways in which gene identification has increased our understanding of the biology of specific diseases. We will also cover human population genetics and introduce you to the genetics of complex traits. 
Module objectives:Students will become familiar with methods including linkage analysis, genetic and physical maps, population studies, finding candidate genes experimentally and by database searching, identifying pathogenic mutations, genome wide association studies and high throughput genome analysis. Case studies will include molecular pathogenesis of selected cardiovascular, neurological and psychiatric disorders, the genetics of infectious diseases and of human physical appearance.  
Key skills provided by module:Genetic analysis of Mendelian phenotypes; use of web resources for genome analysis and GWAS.  
Module timetable: 
Module assessment:Unseen two-hour written examination 75.00%
Genetics practicals 25.00% 
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