BIO3019 : Genomics

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


The module aims are to develop students' knowledge of genomic science, including its key discoveries, concepts and applications, and to recognise and interpret connections between genotype and phenotype.

Outline Of Syllabus


• Introduction to course
• History of the genome
• How to sequence and annotate a genome
• The relations between genotype and phenotype
• Genome regulation
• Comparative genomics of vertebrates
• Plant genomes
• Genomes and human health
• Synthetic genomics
• Module review, questions and answers session

Computer Practical

Analysis of genomic and high-throughput phenotype microarray data, including how genomic and phenotypic data can be related to one another and to metabolic pathway maps; how study of the phenotype can improve functional genome annotation.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:306:30Exam revision
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:301:30Written exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture131:0013:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00Report on computer practical
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical12:002:00Computer practical
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study232:0046:00Reading popular science journals to update this fast moving science
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study13:003:00Practical follow-up
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study131:0013:00Lecture follow-up
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures impart knowledge and help students develop awareness of key aspects of genomic science. The computer practical gives students supervision and guidance in analysing high-throughput phenotypic data and linking it to genomic data. Genomics is a rapidly evolving field – students will be encouraged to read key papers from discovery and review journals to keep abreast of developments and to develop a critical appreciation of genomic science, its strengths and limitations. Private study is necessary for students to absorb information presented in lectures and for self-assessment, to deepen their knowledge and understanding through directed reading, to become familiar with the web and its resources for genome analysis, and to complete the computer analysis..

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
PC Examination901A30N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report1M10Practical worksheet
Reflective log1M10Self and peer assessment
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The exam assesses knowledge, understanding and integration of subject material obtained from lectures and additional reading. The computer practical report tests students' ability to analyse and interpret phenotypic and genomic data.

Study Abroad students may request to take their exam before the semester 1 exam period, in which case the format of the paper may differ from that shown in the MOF. Study Abroad students should contact the school to discuss this.

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