BIOMO502-23A (HAM)

Molecular Genetics in Health and Disease

15 Points

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The University of Waikato
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Division of Health Engineering Computing & Science
School of Science
Biomedical, Molecular and Cellular Biology

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What this paper is about

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Tena koutou katoa. Welcome to BIOMO502-23A.

This paper explores how recent advances in molecular biology are contributing to our understanding of molecular genetics and how this information is being exploited to benefit animal and human health. This paper will examine four key areas of molecular genetics; genomics, epigenomics, transcriptomics and proteomics with seven exciting topics. Particular attention will be paid to key genetic changes that occurred during hominid evolution to adapt to the changing environment, how to edit genomes using CRISPR, how to identify polymorphic variations and disease susceptibility within genomes, how to monitor gene expression at the level of RNA and protein during disease, and understand the role of mutations in disease such as cancer. In addition, discuss the ethics of genetic testing, and medical treatment options.

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How this paper will be taught

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Three-hour sessions divided into seven seminars on six selected topics. The class has been provided 3 hours to ensure active discussion and fair participation. However, in some circumstance due to the nature of the topic and number of students, it maybe less than three hours.

Attendance to each of these sessions is necessary for the internal marks to be awarded. You will be expected to attend these seminars and read the reading list (section of scientific journal papers) prior to class.

There will be two topics that will be presented via ZOOM Topics II and V. The rest will be taught face-to-face in E2.01 as a powerpoint presentation, two page summary, and/or group discussion

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Required Readings

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Each week readings from selected scientific journals will be provided on Moodle or during class. You may be assigned a whole journal article or simply a page or even a paragraph. Assigned roles will be via a random draw (during class), or from a list available on Moodle (on a first in first served basis when the date/time Moodle page is available online). Also, students in some circumstances can pick their own papers from their literature search.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Communicate scientific ideas and concepts through essays and in-class presentations that uses standard scientific conventions to present an evidence-based argument on a particular position
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  • Describe how molecular genetics can benefit human and animal health
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  • Discuss the major advances that have been made within the areas of genomics, epigenomics, transcriptomics and proteomics
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Assessments

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How you will be assessed

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The assessment will involve a variety of platforms:

  • oral, written, and/or participation (by asking and or answering questions)
  • indépendant or group work
  • online or in person with face-to-face discussions
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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Topic I - Human Adaption
16 Mar 2023
9:00 AM
5
  • Presentation: In Class
2. Topic II - Developmental Genetics
30 Mar 2023
9:00 AM
5
  • Presentation: In Class
3. Topic III - Dairy Research
4 May 2023
9:00 AM
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Topic IV - COVID19
27 Apr 2023
9:00 AM
5
  • In Class: In Lecture
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
5. Topic V - Ageing
11 May 2023
9:00 AM
5
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
  • Presentation: In Class
6. Topic VI - Cancer
25 May 2023
9:00 AM
30
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
  • Presentation: In Class
7. Final Test
8 Jun 2023
9:00 AM
40
  • In Class: In Lecture
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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