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Unit information: Personal Genomics and the Population Laboratory in 2016/17

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Unit name Personal Genomics and the Population Laboratory
Unit code SSCM30006
Credit points 10
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Davis
Open unit status Not open

This is part of an intercalated BSc for Medical, Veterinary or Dental students



School/department Bristol Medical School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences


Genomics in wild human populations, including commercial genomic profiles, genomic self-screening by the public, how people respond to genomic information, legal and ethical implications of this, and the importance of gene-environment interactions.

Intended learning outcomes

After this component of the course, students will be able to:

1) critically evaluate study designs for genetics in human population cohorts

2) discuss emerging approaches to phenotyping

3) critically evaluate personal genetic profiles, as supplied by personal genomics companies

4) discuss the gene-environment correlations and interactions

debate the ethics of human genomics

Teaching details

Methods of Teaching

This unit will be delivered in the form of workshops using a variety of methods including interactive lectures, presentations, debates and seminars.

Contact Hours Per Week 2

Student Input

10 contact hours, 5 hours coursework, half of a 3-hour exam, 75 hours independent study

Assessment Details

Assessment Details

This part of the course will be assessed as half of written Paper 2 and through an oral presentation. Written paper 2 will be a three-hour exam composed of four essay questions (two on each short unit). In the same way that the 20-credit units are balanced by essay writing in the unit and short questions and multiple choice questions in the exam, the 10-credit units have less coursework and more long-form writing in the exam. The last requirement for assessment in the 10-credit units will be an oral presentation that will be delivered as either a short seminar or debate. Paper 2 will form 12% of the course mark, with 5% coming from the oral presentation for the short units.

Methods of assessment: written 70%; coursework 30%

Reading and References

Lewin – Genes XI - 2013

Strachan and Read – Human Molecular Genetics – 4th Edition - 2010