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Unit information: The Human Genome in 2021/22

Unit name The Human Genome
Unit code SSCM30007
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Santi Rodriguez
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

Description including Unit Aims

The structure of our genome and the inhabitants of the genomic zoo, how genes are regulated, how genomes vary between people, and how DNA sequence relates to epigenomics, transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics.

Intended Learning Outcomes

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

1) describe the structure and function of the human genome

2) understand and be able to summarise the ways the genome is regulated

3) describe and interpret how DNA varies between people, and reason about the effects of this variation

4) apply understanding and reflect on the inheritance of Mendelian and complex traits

5) relate DNA variation to variation in higher level ‘omics

6) integrate the content from across the unit to reason about the human genome as a whole

7) explore and interpret the literature related to the human genome

Teaching Information

Methods of Teaching

This unit will be delivered in the form of a blended learning approach. Teaching will include interactive synchronous and asynchronous sessions. Where appropriate, this unit will include some on-campus teaching, but all materials will be available for online learning.

Student Input

20 contact hours, 20 hours coursework, a proportion of an end-of-programme assessment, and 150 hours independent study

Assessment Information

Assessment Details

50% of the unit is assessed through in-unit coursework

Remaining 50% through an end-of-programme assessment


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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