Undergraduate Course: Genomes and Genomics 3 (BILG09005)
|School||School of Biological Sciences
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||Genome sequences are available for most organisms of importance for research in life sciences. Technologies to produce sequence data continue to improve, increasing speed and decreasing cost, so genomic data is now an important part of many research projects. The study of complete genomes provides the basis for understanding living systems and the evolution of organisms at the most fundamental level, with important implications in practical applications in biotechnology and human health. Already knowledge gained from genomics is influencing the way we do science.
In this course we introduce and review the development and prospects for genomic analysis. In lectures, we consider the structure, function and evolution of genomes and complement this with practicals introducing bioinformatics tools and applying them to a novel sequencing project.
Genome sequences are available for most organisms of importance for research in life sciences. Technologies to produce sequence data continue to improve, increasing speed and decreasing cost, so genomic data is now an important part of many research projects. Many of the genes identified in these sequences are still of unknown function and there is a strong drive to develop new methods, both experimental and computer based, that offer the prospect of having complete catalogues of the biochemical or genetic function of every gene in an organism. This information will ultimately provide the basis for understanding living systems and the evolution of organisms at the most fundamental level. Already knowledge gained from genomics is influencing the way we do science.
In this course we introduce and review the development and prospects for genomic analysis. There are three components to the course: a lecture series, computer based bioinformatics workshops and a practical.
In the lectures, through the presentation of key genomes, both prokaryotic and eukaryotic, we consider the structure, function and evolution of genomes. We then look at tools, both experimental and statistical, to further our knowledge of genes and their functions. We conclude with examples of applications of genomics.
In bioinformatics workshops we provide a grounding in important skills for the handling and analysis of sequence data.
The practical gives the opportunity to generate novel genome sequences. We start in a wet laboratory with DNA isolation and preparation of a genome sequencing library for submission to Edinburgh Genomics. The resulting sequences are assembled, annotated and analysed in a computer laboratory using skills learnt in the bioinformatics workshops.
Assessment comprises short quizzes, a practical report and an exam.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Equivalent of the courses listed above
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 22,
Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 16,
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)
||To pass the course, students are required to obtain an aggregate mark of 40% based on the weighting of marks for one examination and two in-course components of assessment.
The in-course assessment will comprise a practical report (50% of the course mark) and short quizzes (totalling 10% of the course mark).
There will be one exam held in April/May. The exam counts for 40% of the course mark.
||Written feedback will be provided for the practical report.
Students will be given the opportunity to see marked exam scripts.
||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:
- Understand the development and prospects for genomic analysis.
- Outline present understanding of genome structure, function and evolution.
- Determine suitable methods to investigate gene function and regulation.
- Carry out basic bioinformatics analyses.
|Genomes 4 by T.A. Brown (2018) Garland Science, Taylor and Francis Group, New York (QH447 Bro)|
Lewin's Genes XII (2018) by J.E. Krebs, E.S. Goldstein and S.T. Kilpatrick. Jones and Bartlett Learning, Burlington (Folio QH430 Lew)
Introduction to Genetic Analysis, 11th edition (2015) by A.J.F. Griffiths, S.R. Wessler, S.B. Carroll, J. Doebley W.H. Freeman & Company, New York. (Folio QH430 Int)
A Primer of Genome Science, 3rd edition (2009) G. Gibson and S. V. Muse, Sinauer Associates Inc. (QH447 Gib)
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||The University has identified six groups of abilities that should be developed as part of the University of Edinburgh training experience, and to enhance your employability as a graduate for the 21st Century. These abilities take your skill-base beyond basic academic knowledge and are enhanced at each stage of your degree. They relate to Genomes and Genomics 3 in a number of specific ways as outlined below.
Knowledge and Understanding: From this course you will develop a broad knowledge of genomes and genomics including the structure, function and evolution of genomes. Computer based workshops provide the opportunity to understand the nature of genomic data and the process of its analysis as well as knowledge of tools to perform these analyses.
Research and Enquiry: These skills are enhanced by reading books, research papers and electronic materials to follow up lectures and practicals. They underpin the assessed practical.
Personal and Intellectual Autonomy: By reading and preparing materials for sessions, you will learn to synthesise your own views, develop reasoned arguments and refine scientific judgement. In addition, the practical report provides an opportunity to develop and give your own opinions.
Communication: This is a key attribute of all scientists and it is therefore important that you develop skills to interact constructively with others and convey knowledgeable and balanced scientific views. We specifically encourage discussion in practical and bioinformatics sessions and the practical report is an opportunity to practise and improve writing skills.
Personal Effectiveness: The ability to organise and summarise your thoughts and material in a flexible and accessible way are core features that are required for personal effectiveness. To encourage development of planning and time management skills we provide the course guide and timetable where key events and submissions are highlighted. Success in the practical, held over many sessions, requires careful recording of analyses and results.
Technical and Practical Skills: Our course has a strong practical component. As part of your training, skills in computer-based handling and analysis of sequence data are developed. As well as skills specific to genomics, your generic practical skills in critical observation, investigation and interpretation, careful recording, quantification and analysis will benefit.
|Course organiser||Dr Sara Knott
Tel: (0131 6)50 5444
|Course secretary||Miss Janna James
Tel: (0131 6)50 8649