Genetics I

School of Biosciences

College of Life and Environmental Sciences


Code 23320

Level of study First Year

Credit value 20

Semester 2

Module description

An understanding of the basic concepts of genetics is essential for all contemporary bioscience students and the ideas you will encountered in this module pervade many areas of the life-sciences.
You will receive a comprehensive introduction to modern genetics, in both prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms, including humans. You will learn about molecular genetics (the study of the physico-chemical nature of genes and how they work) and transmission genetics (the study of how genes, and the characters they determine, are shuffled into new combinations and passed from individual to individual).
In lectures you will examine: genetic information, how it is stored, transmitted, and translated; the regulation of gene expression; the genetics of bacteria and viruses; the cell cycle in eukaryotes and its regulation; mitosis and meiosis; gene linkage and chromosome mapping; DNA damage and mutation.
In practical classes you will have the opportunity to test one of the most fundamental questions in biology: ‘what is the genetic material?’ You will also be able to observe chromosomes during cell division. You will be able to develop your problem solving and numeracy skills during workshops on transmission genetics.

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, Practical Sessions, Workshops