NAME OF COURSE/MODULE: GENETICS
COURSE CODE: SBS 2023
NAME(S) OF ACADEMIC STAFF: Dr Maryam Binti Mohamed Rehan

Dr  Mohd Nazmi Bin Abdul Manap

RATIONALE FOR THE INCLUSION OF THE COURSE/MODULE IN THE PROGRAMME: Genetics is designed to introduce students to classical genetics (the rules by which genes are transmitted), as well as molecular genetics (the structure of DNA and how it directs the structure of proteins). This course will provide an overview of introductory genetics by covering a variety of topics that include Mendelian inheritance, meiosis and mitosis, chromosome structure, transcription, translation, mutation, population genetics, evolutionary genetics, and some of the applicants of genetics in society.
SEMESTER AND YEAR OFFERED: SEM 2 / YEAR 2
TOTAL STUDENT LEARNING TIME (SLT) FACE TO FACE TOTAL GUIDED AND INDEPENDENT LEARNING
L = Lecture

T = Tutorial

P = Practical

O= Others

L

42

T

 

0

P

 

0

O

 

78

L + T + P + O = 120 HOURS

CREDIT VALUE: 3
PREREQUISITE (IF ANY): NONE
OBJECTIVES: 1.     To solve complex genetics problems and define common genetics terminology.

2.     To be aware of current events in genetics and human disease.

3.     To discuss how genetics is relevant to everyday life.

4.     To utilize and become competence at techniques used in a Genetics Lab.

5.     To appreciate how genetics can be used to trace human ancestry and human evolution.

LEARNING OUTCOMES: Upon successful completion of this course students should have the ability to:

1.     Use critical thinking skills to solve problems related to Mendelian genetics, molecular genetics, population genetics, and other topics traditionally associated with its applications in Biotechnology, Agriculture, Medicines, etc. (C3 – LO1).

2.     Demonstrate and display competence in the process of science by designing an experimental protocol, using effective laboratory technique, collecting and analyzing data, and testing hypotheses using appropriate statistical techniques. (P4 – LO2).

3.     Study and relate science to contemporary social issues by applying methods of science, ethics, and religion to a particular issue associated with genetics (A3 – LO6).

4.     Analyze and justify the information learned in class to genetic applications and problems solving (C4, A3 – LO2).

TRANSFERABLE SKILLS: Students should be able to develop problem solving and analytical skills through a process of lectures.
TEACHING-LEARNING AND ASSESSMENT STRATEGY: Teaching-learning strategy:

The course will be taught through a combination of formal lectures, using authentic materials, informal activities and various textbooks.

Assessment strategy:

  1. Formative
  2. Summative
SYNOPSIS:

 

Genetics is the study of the mechanisms of biological inheritance. The course will examine the topics traditional for a general course in genetics, including: Mendelian and associated patterns of inheritance, chromosome structure and function, DNA and associated molecular genetics, inheritance in bacteria, viruses, and organelles, mutations, quantitative genetics, population genetics, and evolutionary genetics. One of the most rapidly expanding and important fields of biology is the area of genetic technology, which is increasing our theoretical understanding of genetics as well as impacting many areas of modern life. The course will devote a significant amount of time to understand the techniques used to manipulate DNA. Because genetics includes such a diverse range of material, there are many ways it relates to important societal concerns. This course will also consider the genetic basis of human disease, examine the controversy surrounding questions of human intelligence and behaviour, and their relationship to inheritance. It will consider the implications of our potential ability to identify and alter heredity in humans and other organisms as well as examine some of the ways genetics relates to the topic of evolution. For these reasons, and because it is as the core of much current research, genetics is one of the most important fields of science.
MODE OF DELIVERY: Lecture.
Category Percentage
Quiz and tutorial

One assignment based on Aqli-Naqli integration – Classical genetics on heredity based on Quranic and Hadith verses.

Midterm test

10%

5%

 

25%

Examination  (Structured and essay type questions) 60%
MAIN REFERENCES SUPPORTING THE COURSE 1.     Russell, P J. 2006. iGenetics: Molecular Approach. 2nd edition. Benjamin/Cummings Publishing. (Preferred).
ADDITIONAL REFERENCES SUPPORTING THE COURSE 1.     Russell, P J. 2003. Essential iGenetics. Benjamin/Cummings Publishing.

2.     Klug, W S, M R Cummings, C Spencer and M A. Palladino.  2008. Concepts of Genetics.  9th edition. Prentice Hall.

3.     Snustad, D P and M J Simmons. 2003. Principles of Genetics.  7th edition. John Wiley & Sons.

4.     Tamarin, R H.  2003. Principles of Genetics.  7th edition. McGraw-Hill.