GENETICS 3520 - Gene Expression & Hum & Dev Genetics (Theory) III
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015
General Course Information
Course Code GENETICS 3520 Course Gene Expression & Hum & Dev Genetics (Theory) III Coordinating Unit School of Biological Sciences Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 4 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Prerequisites GENETICS 2150 & GENETICS 2520 Corequisites SCIENCE 3100 Incompatible GENETICS 3211, GENETICS 3212 & GENETICS 3210 Restrictions Available to B.Sc (Advanced) students only Course Description The material taught in this courses is organised around the theme of genes how genes function and their roles in development and disease. The aim is to give students an appreciation, at an advanced level, of the mechanisms that control gene expression, the genetic determination of developmental pathways, the various types of human genetic mutation that lead to disease and the pathogenic pathways from genotype to phenotype.
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 anticipated knowledge, skills and/or attitudes 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 Demonstrable insight into how research in any one of the above three areas frequently relies on concepts derived from, and research in, the other areas 5 Comprehension of scientific research data described in peer-reviewed journals 6 The ability to extract relevant information from literature databases and to present it in essay 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. 1,2,3,4,5,6 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 5, 6 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 6 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 5, 6 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 5, 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)
Lecture theatres and tutorial rooms
Access to University Library
Access to computers and internet
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesEvery week there will be three lectures with tutorials held, on average, every second week to assist in understanding and revision of the lecture materials. For the first seven weeks of the semester there will also be work required on a Literature Review.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.A student enrolled in a 3 unit course, such as this, should expect to spend, on average 12 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 None Tutorial or other activity Work on Literature Review 2 Lecture Developmental Neurogenetics Practical None Tutorial or other activity Developmental Neurogenetics and work on Literature Review 3 Lecture Developmental Neurogenetics / Regulation of Gene Expression Practical None Tutorial or other activity Work on Literature Review 4 Lecture Regulation of Gene Expression Practical None Tutorial or other activity Developmental Neurogenetics and work on Literature Review 5 Lecture Regulation of Gene Expression Practical None Tutorial or other activity Regulation of Gene Expression and work on Literature Review 6 Lecture Regulation of Gene Expression Practical None Tutorial or other activity Work on Literature Review 7 Lecture Plant Developmental Genetics Practical None Tutorial or other activity Regulation of Gene Expression and work on Literature Review 8 Lecture Epigenetics Practical None Tutorial or other activity Plant Developmental Genetics Mid Semester Break None 9 Lecture Epigenetics / Human Genetics Practical None Tutorial or other activity Epigenetics 10 Lecture Human Genetics Practical None Tutorial or other activity Human Genetics 11 Lecture Human Genetics Practical None Tutorial or other activity None 12 Lecture Human Genetics Practical None Tutorial or other activity Human Genetics 13* Lecture Practical Tutorial or other activity
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Assessment task Type of assessment Percentage of total
assessment for grading purposes #
Yes or No #
Outcomes being assessed / achieved Final Examination Summative 70% No 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Literature review and Presentation Summative/Formative 30% No 1or 2 or 3 and 4 and 5 and 6
Assessment DetailLiterature review and presentation (30% of course grade, Learning Outcomes 1 or 2 or 3 and 4 and 5 and 6) Students must provide a comprehensive literature review (~5000 words not counting references and figure legends) on current knowledge of the function of a particular gene or on another issue in genetics as specified by the course convenor. At the end of week 3 of the semester they will be expected to submit to the course coordinator by email a summary of their preliminary plans for the structure of the essay, i.e. essay title and a list of subheadings. Feedback by email on the suitability of this structure will be provided to the students within one week. Students are assessed on the content and delivery (in written form) of the information in the final essay. This must be submitted by the end of week 7 so that assessment feedback can be provided by the end of the mid-semester break.
Final examination (70% of course grade, Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5). 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.
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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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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