Human Biology

Maynooth University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Human Biology

  • Host University

    Maynooth University

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Co-Requisites: BI101

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

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

    Topics covered include: Human biochemistry, chemistry of the main bio-molecules. Humans as Chordates: Amphioxus as a model chordate, range of chordate animals, Humans as examples of advanced chordates. Evolutionary origins of humans, bipedalism, intelligence, hominid family tree, cultural evolution. The molecular basis of human genetic diseases covering single gene disorders, X-linked disorders, complex diseases, chromosomal imbalances and rearrangements and mitochondrial mutations. A brief outline on the cloning and identification of disease genes, genetic testing, gene therapy and ethics surrounding medical genetics. Human infectious disease, transmission of disease, diagnosis and treatment.

    Learning Outcomes:

    On successful completion of the module, students should be able to:
    -Describe the processes involved in Chordate evolution and how modern Chordates still retain features first seen in the earliest Chordates.
    -Describe the anatomical and behavioural changes that have occurred during human evolution, from primate ancestors to the present.
    -Describe approaches used in the identification and study of human genetic disorders.
    -Give an account of Mendelian and non-Mendelian inheritance of human genetic disorders.
    -Discuss the factors affecting the transmission and control of disease.
    -Explain how advances in microbiology have impacted on improvements in human health.
    -Undertake self-directed library research and construct an essay on a topic relating to human biology.

    Teaching & Learning methods:
    Lectures: 30 hours
    Tutorials: 2 hours
    Independent student activities: 68 hours

    Continuous Assessment: 40%
    University scheduled written examination: 60%

    Continuous Assessment detail(s): (MCQ, questionnaires, essays etc) during module 20%, Dissertation 20%


Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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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Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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