GENETICS 3211 - Gene Expression & Human Developmental Genetics III
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015
General Course Information
Course Code GENETICS 3211 Course Gene Expression & Human Developmental Genetics III Coordinating Unit School of Biological Sciences Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 6 Contact Up to 19 hours per fortnight Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites GENETICS 2510 & GENETICS 2520 or equivalent Incompatible GENETICS 3210 Assumed Knowledge GENETICS 3111 Course Description This advanced genetics course examines the diverse molecular mechanisms that control the expression of genes in prokaryotes and eukaryotes. It continues with a description of the human genome and a description of how genes are regulated during development. Topics include the regulation of gene expression; epigenetic events; the genetic and epigenetic basis of human disease (including cancer); neurogenetics; gene therapy; genetic control of development.
Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Michael Lardelli
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesThe course aims to give students a level of understanding of concepts and experimental techniques in the areas of gene regulation, developmental genetics and human genetics that would enable them to develop competencies expected of a university graduate in Genetics. The course cannot hope to cover comprehensively the very broad range of research questions in these areas but it will give students understanding of specific exemplary questions and provide them with knowledge of how they can extend their learning as required by future studies and employment. The practical aspect of the course aims to equip students with sufficient fundamental skills to apply them to a broad range of positions requiring these skills.
The anticipated knowledge, skills and/or attitude to be developed by the student are:
1. Understanding of the underlying conceptual framework regarding the regulation of genes and how research expands our knowledge in this area
2. Understanding of the underlying conceptual framework regarding how genes control embryo development and how research expands our knowledge in this area
3. Understanding of the underlying conceptual framework regarding human genetics and how research expands our knowledge in this area
4. Comprehension of scientific research data described in peer-reviewed journals
5. Recording of laboratory research notes and analysis and reporting of experimental data
6. The ability to extract relevant information from literature databases and to present it in written or oral form
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1-6 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 4,5,6 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 5,6 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 5 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 4,6 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 4,6
Required ResourcesThis course will require the following texts and other resources:
Text for Human Genetics lectures: 'Human Molecular Genetics - 4th Edition' by Strachan
Copies of scientific papers for Gene Regulation and Developmental Genetics aspects of the
course (supplied by the lecturers)
Collaborating research laboratories
Practical manuals (if doing the practical. These are supplied by lecturers running each
Practical Laboratories (if doing the practical)
Lecture theatres and tutorial rooms
Access to University Library
Access to computers and internet
Students must supply laboratory coat and safety glasses for their own use
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course will be delivered by the following means:
3 lectures of 1 hour each per week
1 tutorial of 1 hour per fortnight
12 hours of laboratory/other practical work per fortnight
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.A student enrolled in a 6 unit course, such as this, should expect to spend, on average 24 hours per week on the studies required. This includes both the formal contact time required to the course (e.g., lectures and practicals), as well as non-contact time (e.g., reading and revision).
Learning Activities Summary
Week Type of Learning Activity Topic 1 Lecture Developmental Neurogenetics Practical Developmental Genetics Tutorial or other activity None 2 Lecture Developmental Neurogenetics Practical Developmental Genetics Tutorial or other activity Developmental Neurogenetics 3 Lecture Developmental Neurogenetics / Regulation of Gene Expression Practical Developmental Genetics Tutorial or other activity None 4 Lecture Regulation of Gene Expression Practical Additional Developmental Genetics time if needed Tutorial or other activity Developmental Neurogenetics 5 Lecture Regulation of Gene Expression Practical Regulation of Gene Expression – research proposal Tutorial or other activity Regulation of Gene Expression 6 Lecture Regulation of Gene Expression Practical Regulation of Gene Expression - research proposal Tutorial or other activity None 7 Lecture Plant Developmental Genetics Practical Regulation of Gene Expression - research proposal Tutorial or other activity Regulation of Gene Expression 8 Lecture Epigenetics Practical Regulation of Gene Expression - research proposal Tutorial or other activity Plant Developmental Genetics Mid Semester Break 9 Lecture Epigenetics / Human Genetics Practical Human Molecular Genetics: Positional Cloning of Human Genetic Diseases Presentation Exercise Tutorial or other activity Epigenetics 10 Lecture Human Genetics Practical Human Molecular Genetics: Positional Cloning of Human Genetic Diseases Presentation Exercise Tutorial or other activity Human Genetics 11 Lecture Human Genetics Practical Human Molecular Genetics: Positional Cloning of Human Genetic Diseases Presentation Exercise Tutorial or other activity None 12 Lecture Human Genetics Practical Human Molecular Genetics: Positional Cloning of Human Genetic Diseases Presentation Exercise Tutorial or other activity Human Genetics 13* Lecture Practical Tutorial or other activity
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
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Assessment Task Type of Assessment Percentage of total assessemnt for grading purposes Hurdle
Outcomes being assessed/achieved Final Examination Summative 60% No 1,2,3,4 Research Proposal Formative/Summative 15% No 1,4,5 Research Report Summative 15% No 2,4,5 Literature Review & Presentation Summative 10% No 3,4,6
Assessment DetailResearch Proposal (conducted within a 4 week period) – gene regulation (15% of course grade) Students are allocated to a group led by a demonstrator and are each given a recent research article to read carefully and understand. They are then asked to identify a question that follows on from the research outlined in the paper, and to outline an experiment(s) that the authors might reasonably undertake to answer the question. 3% of the 15% course grade is awarded for understanding of the research paper (assessed by interview with the group leader), 2% of the 15% course grade is awarded for clearly describing the question (assessed by interview with the group leader), 5% of the course grade is awarded for the written research proposal itself and 5% for the student’s performance at an associated panel interview where the research proposal is discussed. (Summative and possibly formative assessment depending on when the task is conducted*.)
Research Report – developmental genetics (15% of course grade). 3-4.5% of the 15% is awarded for written answers to questions requiring internet and other literature research. 10.5-12% of the 15% is awarded after completion of the laboratory-based practical work for the quality of the written experimental notes and answers to questions included within the experimental handbook. (Summative and possibly formative assessment depending on when the task is conducted*)
Literature review and presentation (10% of course grade) Students must extract information on a human disease from a database and then make a 5 minute oral presentation backed up by slides. They are assessed on the content and delivery of the information. (Summative and possibly formative assessment depending on when the task is conducted*).
(*Each of the three assessed components above is conducted over a 4 week period with one of them providing feedback before the middle of the semester. However, the order of the components may vary from year to year.)
Final examination (60% of course grade). This will be a three hour examination assessing any/all theoretical aspects of the course. The examination includes compulsory areas but also a limited choice of questions within each compulsory area. (Summative assessment)
SubmissionSubmission of Developmental Genetics Practical workbooks is into the submission box at the front desk of the Molecular Life Sciences Building. Submission of other essays is via MyUni and will include checking for plagiarism by Turnitin. Details on submission are provided in the Course Handbook and/or Practical manuals etc.
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If an extension is not applied for, or not granted then a penalty for late submission will apply. A penalty of 10% of the value of the assignment for each calendar day that is late (i.e. weekends count as 2 days), up to a maximum of 50% of the available marks will be applied. This means that an
assignment that is 5 days or more late without an approved extension can only receive a maximum of 50% of the mark.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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