BIOMO202-19B (HAM)

Genetics

15 Points

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School of Science

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Paper Description

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This paper deals with genetics in the widest sense from the molecular and cellular to the applied and evolutionary. Both prokaryote and eukaryote genetics are discussed with respect to DNA replication, hereditary, gene expression and control, and the role of mutations at both the DNA and chromosomal levels. The paper provides a pathway from basic research in molecular genetics to clinical applications in health and disease.

The paper is seen as being of importance to students of biology, irrespective of whether their interests are in metabolic and cellular processes, plant/animal genetic improvement, or ecological and evolutionary. This paper is required for the Molecular and Cellular Biology major.

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Paper Structure

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A traditional lecture paper supplemented by six laboratory sessions and one computer workshop. You will be required to assign yourself to one lab stream (Thursday or Friday). A Wednesday lab stream is only offered if participant numbers exceed 80 students.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Describe how chromosomes are packaged and the process of gene expression and its regulation in cells.
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  • Explain the principles of Mendelian and non‐Mendelian inheritance.
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  • Describe the genetics of mammalian and bacterial genomes
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  • Explain gene variation and frequency in populations
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  • Describe the genetics of cancer and the immune system
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  • Perform a range of practical laboratory techniques, including bacterial transformation, DNA extraction, PCR, gel electrophoresis, and experimental design and analysis.
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Assessment

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The dates indicated for assessment procedures will normally be adhered to. Any changes to the dates will be made in consultation with the class at least one week prior to the original date. Satisfactory completion of the laboratory sessions and tests are also an essential element of the paper and irrespective of the marks you receive must be completed in order to pass the paper. Medical certificates must be presented for any test and laboratory missed.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 50:50. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 50% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 50:50 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 50% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Moodle Quiz 1 - Computer Workshop
22 Jul 2019
4:30 PM
2
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Theory Test 1
29 Jul 2019
1:00 PM
10
  • In Class: In Lecture
3. Moodle Quiz 2 - Bacterial Genetics (Sessions 1)
5 Aug 2019
4:30 PM
2
  • Online: Upload to Moodle Forum
4. Moodle Quiz 3 - Bacterial Genetics (Session 2)
19 Aug 2019
4:30 PM
2
  • Online: Upload to Moodle Forum
5. Theory Test 2
26 Sep 2019
9:00 AM
10
  • In Class: In Lecture
6. Bacterial Genetics Practical - Group Oral Poster Presentation
30 Sep 2019
12:00 PM
15
  • In Class: In Lecture
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
7. Moodle Quiz 4 - Human Genetics (Session 1)
16 Sep 2019
4:30 PM
2
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
8. Moodle Quiz 5 - Human Genetics (Session 2)
30 Sep 2019
4:30 PM
2
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
9. Human Genetics Practical - Individual Written Laboratory Report
14 Oct 2019
4:30 PM
5
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
10. Exam
50
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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"Genetics: From Genes to Genomes" 6th Ed, Hartwell et al. (McGraw-Hill, 2018)

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Online Support

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This paper has a Moodle page (http://elearn.waikato.ac.nz) where you will be able to access pdfs of lecture notes and powerpoints, lecture recordings, and assessment materials. There are also discussion forums where you can both ask and answer questions.

PLEASE NOTE: Moodle will be used for class notices and it is your responsibility to check the site regularly. Instructions provided on Moodle and in lectures are considered to be given to the class as a whole.

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Workload

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Approximately 70 contact hours, constituting lectures (24) plus laboratories (6), moodle quizzes (5), tutorials (3), theory tests (2), computer workshop (1) and poster presentation (1). A student would be expected to spend an equal time on study and assessment during the year.

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Linkages to Other Papers

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This paper is relevant to those undertaking Molecular and Biology papers such as Biochemistry (BIOMO201), Microbiology (BIOMO203), and Physiology (BIOMO204). In addition, to students with majors/minors in Ecology and Biodiversity and/or Environmental Science.

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Prerequisite(s)

Prerequisite papers: BIOMO101 or BIOL101

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Restriction(s)

Restricted papers: BIOL210

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