Undergraduate Course: Genes and Gene Action 2 (BILG08003)
|School||School of Biological Sciences
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||Recombination 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.
Genetics underlies all aspects of biology and our understanding of how genes are inherited and how they affect an organism¿s phenotype has increased rapidly during the past twenty years. Genes and Gene Action 2 provides an introduction to modern genetics and molecular genetics. It includes lectures covering recombination and gene mapping, bacterial conjugation, plasmids and transposons, 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 the genetic basis of and cancer. Material delivered in the lectures is complemented and reinforced by the experiments carried out in practicals and the problems tackled in tutorials.
Performance is assessed by a problem done during weeks 3-5 (5%), weekly lecture quizzes that will test your knowledge of the lecture material as the course progresses (10%), an online data handling test (20%) based on problem solving and data analysis skills acquired during the lectures, practicals and tutorials, setting, answering and commenting on questions using the collaborative learning tool PeerWise (5%), and a final exam (60%).
Genes and Gene Action 2 is either a required or recommend course for most Honours programmes in Biological Sciences. Prior attendance at The Dynamic Cell 2 is recommended.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Equivalent of the courses listed above
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2019/20, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
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
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||In-course problem. In-course assessment = 40%, examination = 60%.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||2:00|
|Resit Exam Diet (August)||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Br able to explain how genetics is used to analyse a variety of biological phenomena
- Be able to explain molecular processes that control gene expression and cell division.
- Be able to describe basic genetic manipulation and cloning techniques, and how these have been applied to analyse particular genetic diseases
- Be able to explain how genes function to control cell division and cell fate in developing multicellular organisms.
- Be able to analyse genetic data and to carry out genetic experiments
|The primary text for the course is:|
¿An Introduction to Genetic Analysis¿ 11th ed, by Griffiths, Wessler, Carroll and Doebley covers most of the material in this course. It will be useful for 3rd and 4th year courses in genetics. ¿Modern Genetics Analysis¿ by the same authors is a less comprehensive version.
The following texts are also recommended for some aspects of the course:
¿Molecular Biology of the Gene¿ 7th ed. by Watson et al. is an excellent source for the more molecular aspects of the course.
¿Human Molecular Genetics¿ 4th ed. by Strachan and Read is an excellent source of information on human genetics.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Research and Enquiry
Personal and Intellectual Autonomy
|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
|Keywords||GGA2,Gene structure and manipulation,genetic maps,genes and development cell cycle and cancer
|Course organiser||Prof David Finnegan
Tel: (0131 6)50 5377/5526
|Course secretary||Mrs Carolyn Wilson
Tel: (0131 6)50 8651