203.202 Genetic Analysis 15 credits
A general course on methods and applications of genetic analysis. Topics include genetic variation, cytogenetics, gene inheritance, gene mapping, gene function, quantitative genetics, population genetics and evolution, cell and developmental biology.
203.203 Human Genetics 15 credits
Aspects of genetics that are important in human biology. Topics include chromosome abnormalities, genes and genetic disease, immunogenetics, cancer, ageing, complex traits, family studies and populations.
203.212 Principles of Genetics 15 credits
A general course on the principles and applications of genetics, with an emphasis on problem solving. Topics include gene structure, function and variation, genetic inheritance, cellular genetics and cytogenetics, population and quantitative genetics, genomics, and methods of genetic analysis.
203.300 DNA Technology 15 credits
DNA structure, topology and recombination. The contributions of bacteriophage to DNA technology. Advanced applications of DNA sequencing, gene cloning, PCR, microarrays and gene targeting, including molecular diagnostics of genetic disorders. Practical experience will be gained with DNA quantification, molecular cloning, PCR, DNA sequencing, molecular diagnostics of genetic disorders, computer analysis and expression of heterologous genes.
203.305 Advanced Practical Genetics 15 credits
An advanced course in laboratory techniques used in Genetics. Emphasis is on understanding the theory behind the methods used, on data evaluation and on the application of genetic techniques to various questions in biology. Practicals include microarray analysis, transposon tagging, human microsatellite and SNP analysis and reporter gene expression.
203.307 Mammalian Cell Biology 15 credits
A course with a strong emphasis on the structure and function of mammalian cells. Topics covered include chromosome structure and function, cell cycle, signal transduction, cytoskeleton and molecular motors, cell adhesions and interactions, cell motility, stem cells and their biomedical potential, cell death and cancer. The practical component has a strong emphasis on biochemical, genetic and microscopic methods that are used to study eukaryotic cells.
203.328 Genome Analysis 15 credits
An interactive and self-directed learning approach will be used to explore the analysis of genomes, transcriptomes and metagenomes. The emphasis will be on understanding and applying a range of practical methodologies to extract biologically significant information from large genetic data sets.
203.340 Applied Molecular Biology 15 credits
A course on the advanced methods and applications of molecular biology. Topics include an historical overview, the contributions of bacteriophage to molecular biology, PCR, gene cloning, protein engineering, genomics, microarrays, forensics and synthetic biology. Practical experience will be gained with PCR, molecular cloning and DNA sequencing.
203.341 Genetics and Evolution 15 credits
A course on understanding organisms at the level of the genome (the genes), the proteome (the proteins), and the population. Advances in understanding the structure, function, and evolution of the genome and proteome, with emphasis on model organisms, will be discussed. Genetic, biochemical, and evolutionary techniques used to dissect biological function will be described, as will the integration of that information to understand cellular and evolutionary processes.
203.342 Molecular and Cellular Biology 15 credits
Regulation of gene expression including chromatin structure, transcription factors, modulation of transcription (e.g. immunoglobulin genes) and post-transcriptional control mechanisms. Signal transduction, protein structure and function as it relates to proton pumps, catalytic strategies, translation and protein sorting. The structural organization of the cytoskeleton, knowledge of cell adhesion and the extracellular matrix, cell signalling mechanisms, cell cycles and vesicular transport.
203.343 Advanced Genetics and Genomics 15 credits
An advanced course on using genetics and genomics to solve modern problems in biology. The course will explore how genetics and genomics data can be used to understand ancestry and health, and how genes interact with diet and drugs to produce variation. Students will investigate ethical and counselling issues related to personal genomic data. Genetic variation, with an emphasis on humans, will be described, alongside its use in forensics. The newfound role of RNA in regulating gene expression will be covered.
203.761 Molecular Evolution 15 credits
Analysis of the evolution of DNA, RNA and proteins. Analysis of theories and experiments on the origin of life, especially the transition from the RNA to the protein/DNA world. Use of molecular 'fossils' in living cells to infer ancient processes. Analysis of DNA from extinct organisms. Human genetic diversity and evolution. Problems in molecular evolution.
203.762 Genetic Analysis 30 credits
An advanced course based on current literature where genetic approaches are used to understand important biological processes. Topics will include DNA recombination, plant-microbe symbiosis, plant-fungal gene interactions, the genetic basis of learning and memory and epigenetics.
203.798 Research Report 30 credits
203.870 Research Report 60 credits
203.871 Thesis 90 Credit Part 1 45 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work
203.872 Thesis 90 Credit Part 2 45 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.
203.875 Thesis 90 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.
203.897 Thesis 120 Credit Part 1 60 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.
203.898 Thesis 120 Credit Part 2 60 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.
203.899 Thesis 120 credits
A supervised and guided independent study resulting in a published work.
203.900 PhD Genetics 120 credits

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