University of Reading
Area of Study
Biology, Cell and Molecular Biology
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4
Hours & Credits
OverviewModule Provider: School of Biological SciencesNumber of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]Level:6Terms in which taught: Autumn term modulePre-requisites: BI2BK5 Molecular Biology of the Gene: Expression, Function and AnalysisNon-modular pre-requisites:Co-requisites:Modules excluded:Module version for: 2014/5Module Convenor: Dr Philippa DarbreEmail: firstname.lastname@example.orgSummary module description:Aims:This module aims to provide students with a broad understanding of the cellular and molecular basis of hereditary human diseases and an appreciation of gene-environment interactions in determination of outcomes of genetically determined disease.Assessable learning outcomes:Lectures will provide an overview of selected disorders but students will be expected to read around the subject beyond lecture material. There will be an emphasis throughout of how an understanding of the molecular cell biological basis of disease can be used to improve prognosis for those with inherited disease or susceptibility to disease. There will be discussion of the interaction between genetic factors and the environment in determining the outcome of disease.Additional outcomes:The use of self-directed learning will help students develop critical thinking and an ability to assess published material. The in-course assessment aims to provide students with practice and feedback on writing of essays under timed examination conditions. All skills are transferable to the workplace and should make students more employable.Outline content:The module will begin with an overview of the aims of personalised medicine and gene therapy. The students will then study a range of inherited conditions in more depth including the haemoglobinopathies and inborn errors of metabolism as examples of widely disributed single gene disorders, and genetic susceptibility to cancer as an example of the interaction of genetics with environment. Students will study genetic mechanisms of familial cholesterolaemia and coronary heart disease, the use of genome wide association studies in cardiovascular disease and genetic susceptibility to thrombosis and haemorrhage. Lectures will provide an overview of genetic susceptibility to infectious disease and genetic determinants of muscular dystrophies.Brief description of teaching and learning methods:Contact hours:AutumnLectures 16Seminars 2Supervised time in studio/workshop 2Guided independent study 80Total hours by term 100.00Total hours for module 100.00Summative Assessment Methods:Method PercentageWritten exam 70Written assignment including essay 30Other information on summative assessment:Details of in-course assessment:The aim of this in-course assessment is to provide the students with practice and feedback for answering essay-style examination questions.The in-course assessment will be timetabled in the last week of the Autumn Term. Students will be allocated an examination question to answer under timed examination conditions (one hour). There will be no choice in question to be answered but not all students will answer the same question. However, the exercise will be open book, allowing students to bring whatever material they wish with them into the room to abrogate the need for full revision at the end of a busy term.Formative assessment methods:Penalties for late submission:Not applicable. Coursework will be supervised and timetabled piece of essay writing.One alternative time will be organised as necessary following approval of extenuating circumstances.The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.Length of examination:A two hour examination requiring answers to two questions out of fourRequirements for a pass:A mark of 40% overallReassessment arrangements:Re-examination in August / SeptemberLast updated: 17 October 2014
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