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NES1300 : Genetics and Evolution

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Evelyn Jensen
  • Co-Module Leader: Dr Eleanor Jones
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


To develop a basic understanding of genetic and evolutionary principles and their application in biology.
To give an introduction to the concepts and principles of inheritance.
To give a basic understanding of the genetic code and how genes are expressed into proteins and the methods used to study genetic material and how these methods are used in different applications.
To develop a basic understanding of key evolutionary processes and mechanisms, including natural selection and neutral processes.
To explore the observational and experimental evidence for the role of these mechanisms in causing evolution.

Outline Of Syllabus

Genetics content includes themes covering the basics of transmission genetics, DNA structure and replication, expression of genetic information, and applied biotechnological uses of molecular genetics.

Evolution content includes introduction to molecular evolutionary concepts, the evolutionary history of earth, and evolution by selection and neutral processes.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion25:0010:001 summative and 1 formative assessment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Exam completion
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture301:0030:00Lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00Exam revision (calculated as 0.5h per hour of lecture time)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical52:0010:00Practicals (between 1 and 3 hours in length)
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study52:0010:00Preparation for practical
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study193:0093:00Study of lectures, RECAP, Canvas, reading etc.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study301:0030:00Routine lecture follow up
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The main body of factual information is delivered by means of lectures.
Some of the fundamental concepts are reinforced by practical exercises, plus independent exercise work and worksheet exercises.
The practical's introduce the necessary skills we are seeking to impart.

- In practical's - sessions can vary between 1 and 3 hours.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Digital Examination1202A70Exam comprise a digital component which consists of MCQs and problem solving questions and short essay questions to be answered on paper
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report2A30Lab report (1,500 words)
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise2MInteractive activity and report
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Lectures and practical materials together with the directed reading provide questions for formal assessment based on the knowledge acquired during these activities. The assessment will focus on testing depth and breadth of factual knowledge and general understanding of the concepts and implications in each subject area. The practical reports and in class tests are designed to assess the ability to understand and perform practical activities, record findings and interpret experimental results.

Reading Lists