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An Introduction to Genetics

An Introduction to Genetics

This online course is ideal preparation for students thinking of studying biochemistry, medicine, and related subjects at university.

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Course Summary

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Genetics is an area of science that is advancing perhaps more rapidly than any other, with each advancement offering us a fresh insight into our species. It is a relatively young science but one that has had an immeasurable effect upon human lives over the last 100 years. The potential of genetic research in many areas of life, from health to transport, is overwhelming.

Covering all the fundamental facets of genetics, including the biological construction of genes and how they work, how dominant and recessive genes influence the inheritance of particular inherited traits, and the importance of chromosomes, this course will provide you with an introduction to the scientific subject that has taught us the most about the origins of humankind.

This course provides an ideal stepping stone for anyone wanting to study biology, zoology, human sciences, and many other science subjects at university. It takes a more in-depth look at this fascinating field than most students will have had the chance to study at school. This more detailed approach is aimed at anyone seeking to pursue their study of genetics at university and beyond.

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Syllabus

Tutorial 1: An Introduction to Molecular Genetics (1 - 1.5 hours)

This tutorial will take a look at the basic units of genetics, genes themselves, and explore what they are composed of and how they actually work. In particular, this tutorial will explore DNA, the hereditary molecule that allows us to pass on genetic information to our offspring.


Tutorial 2: Inheritance and Pedigree (1 - 1.5 hours)

This tutorial will explore how genes work together and are passed on from one generation to the next. The concepts of dominant and recessive genes will be introduced alongside how they influence the expression of certain traits. The tutorial will end by taking a look at how geneticists use pedigrees to trace the inheritance and expression of genes across families.


Tutorial 3: Genes in Large Numbers (1 - 1.5 hours)

This tutorial will consider how genes behave in large numbers – how they interact with one another as they are copied onto chromosomes. It will then discuss how chromosomes behave and how allele frequencies change in the wild in response to environmental pressures, before moving on to take a brief look at cell biology, population genetics, and quantitative genetics.


Tutorial 4: Complex Genes and Human Health (1 - 1.5 hours)

Tutorial 7 will discuss the presidency of Ronald Reagan (1981-1989) in the wider context of the resurgence of American conservatism and the rise of the religious right. Tutorial This final tutorial will explore how genes act together in complex systems. It will consider the complex ways in which genes interact, and how they regulate the expression of other genes. Finally, the tutorial will take a look at the recent sequencing of the human genome and the implications that this has for modern medicine and social policy.


Key Details

Course Pre-requisites Advanced level of English
An interest and enthusiasm for science, with particular reference to genetics This course would suit students studying towards A-level Biology or equivalent, and in particular those interested in university study of Genetics.
Course Level For students applying to university to study Genetics, Medicine, Biology or related subjects
Difficulty Moderate
Prior Knowledge No prior knowledge is required to take this course, just enthusiasm for the subject.
Fees £29.99
Workload 4-6 hours (further independent study is encouraged)

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