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Undergraduate Course: Genes and Gene Action 2 (BILG08003)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Biological Sciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryRecombination and genetic mapping. Molecular genetics of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. DNA replication and protein synthesis and the regulation of gene expression. The manipulation of DNA. Genetics of Development. Cell cycle control and cancer.
Course description Genetics underlies all aspects of biology. Genes and Gene Action provides a foundation in many aspects of molecular genetics and is either a required or recommend course for most Honours programmes in Biological Sciences. Prior attendance at The Dynamic Cell 2 is recommended.

Progress in our understanding of how genes are inherited and how genes affect an organism┐s phenotype has accelerated during the past twenty years. Genes and Gene Action provides an introduction to modern genetics and molecular genetics and includes lectures covering recombination and gene mapping, bacterial conjugation and plasmids, DNA replication, the genetic code, expression of genetic information in prokaryotes and eukaryotes, gene cloning and its application to human genetics, genetic control of development, and cell cycle control and cancer. The material delivered in the lectures is complemented and reinforced by the experiments carried out in practicals and the problems tackled in tutorials. The practicals and tutorials are integral components of the course and help students to achieve its learning outcomes.

Performance is assessed by a problem done during weeks 1-5, weekly lecture quizzes, a data handling test based on the practicals and tutorials, activity in setting, answering and commenting on questions in the collaborative learning tool PeerWise, and a final exam.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed Molecules, Genes and Cells 1 (BILG08015) AND ( The Dynamic Cell 2 (BILG08009) OR Evolution in Action 2 (BILG08005))
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesEquivalent of the courses listed above
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2016/17, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 33, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 8, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 15, Online Activities 2, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 135 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 70 %, Coursework 10 %, Practical Exam 20 %
Additional Information (Assessment) In-course problem. In-course assessment = 30%, examination = 70%.
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Br able to explain how genetics is used to analyse a variety of biological phenomena
  2. Be able to explain molecular processes that control gene expression and cell division.
  3. Be able to describe basic genetic manipulation and cloning techniques, and how these have been applied to analyse particular genetic diseases
  4. Be able to explain how genes function to control cell division and cell fate in developing multicellular organisms.
  5. Be able to analyse genetic data and to carry out genetic experiments
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Research and Enquiry

Personal and Intellectual Autonomy


Personal Effectiveness
Additional Class Delivery Information Laboratory W 1000-1300 or 1400-1700, alternate weeks
Tutorial W 1000-1200, W 1400-1700 or Th 1400-1600, alternate weeks
KeywordsGGA2,Gene structure and manipulation,genetic maps,genes and development cell cycle and cancer
Course organiserProf David Finnegan
Tel: (0131 6)50 5377/5526
Course secretaryMrs Carolyn Wilson
Tel: (0131 6)50 8651
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