Functional Genetics

University of Cape Town

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Functional Genetics

  • Host University

    University of Cape Town

  • Location

    Cape Town, South Africa

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Course entry requirements: MCB2020F AND MCB2021F (or at least a 40% subminimum for the examinations and a final mark of 45% (supplementary) for these courses.

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course outline:
    The course lays the foundation for the major in genetics, and shows how the tools of classical and molecular genetics can be applied to understanding the regulation of gene expression, cell differentiation and patterning in bacteria and eukaryotes. Concepts covered will include forward and reverse genetics; the genetics of mitochondria and chloroplasts; human genetics; the genetic analysis of cell cycle regulation and axis determination in Drosophila; microbial genetics, including regulation of the lac operon, and lysogeny and lysis of bacteriophage lambda.

Course Disclaimer

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.


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