In this introduction to a fascinating and controversial area of contemporary science, students
are presented with basic terms, principles, and research methods used in the study of genetics.
Students learn about the transmission, distribution, arrangement, and alteration of genetic
information and how it functions and is maintained in populations.
- Relate the structure and function of the DNA molecule to its functional role in encoding
- Apply the principles of inheritance as formulated by Mendel.
- Apply the principles of extensions to Mendelian inheritance, including multiple allelism,
lethal alleles, gene interactions, and sex-linked transmission.
- Analyze genetic data using statistical procedures.
- Describe normal chromosome number, structure, and behaviour in human cells, and understand
the cause and effect of alterations in chromosome number and/or structure.
- Understand how to identify and classify mutations in DNA.
- Describe the basic aspects of the flow of genetic information from DNA to proteins.
- Explain and make deductions about gene regulation with emphasis on the lac operon model.
- Deduce the relationship between genetic, physical, and cytogenetic maps.
- Illustrate how information generated by genome sequencing projects can be used to discover
practical knowledge about gene expression and relationships between species.
- Apply the Hardy-Weinberg Law in analyzing population genetics for gene frequency, sex
linkage, equilibrium, and heterozygote frequency.
Module 1: Structure and Biochemistry of DNA
- Section 1.1: DNA - the Genetic Code
- Section 1.2: Structure, Replication, and Manipulation of DNA
- Section 1.3: Transcription and Translation
Module 2: Transmission Genetics
- Section 2.1: Basic and Advanced Principles of Heredity
- Section 2.2: The Chromosomal Basis of Heredity
Module 3: Linkage, Mapping, and Chromosomes
- Section 3.1: Gene Linkage and Genetic Mapping
- Section 3.2: Human Karyotypes and Chromosome Behaviour
Module 4: Prokaryotic Genetics
- Section 4.1: The Genetics of Bacteria and Viruses
- Section 4.2: Molecular Mechanisms of Prokaryotic Gene Regulation and RNA Interference in
Module 5: Specialized Topics
- Section 5.1: Genetic Engineering and Genomics
- Section 5.2: Mechanisms of Mutation
- Section 5.3: Cancer
- Section 5.4: The Basics of Population Genetics
Required text and materials
Hartl, D L. Essential Genetics: A Genomics Perspective. 6th edition. Sudbury, MA: Jones
and Bartlett Publishers, 2014.
Type: Textbook ISBN: 978-1-4496-8688-8
To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher on
the overall course, and 50% or higher on the final mandatory exam.
|Assignment 1: Structure and Biochemistry of DNA
|Assignment 2: Transmission Genetics
|Assignment 3: Linkage, Mapping and Chromosomes
|Assignment 4: Prokaryotic Genetics & Gene Regulation
|Assignment 5: Specialized Topics
|Final Exam *
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