Short Title:Principles of Genetics
Full Title:Principles of Genetics
Module Code:GENS H2001
Credits: 5
Field of Study:Science
Module Delivered in 5 programme(s)
Reviewed By:JOHN BEHAN
Module Description:This module has been designed to give the student an understanding of the principles of genetics and of inheritance patterns. The module will cover the structure and organisation of the DNA molecule including a history of its discovery, and how the genetic code is arranged on chromosomes. The processes of DNA replication, transcription and translation to proteins are described in addition to different patterns of inheritance. Genetic disorders and their inheritance will be taught using pedigree charts representing different inheritance patterns. The genetic basis of cancer and the inheritance of complex traits are described. Finally, the fundamentals of population genetics are outlined. All aspects of the module will be delivered with a strong emphasis on case studies to contextualise the information.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Draw the structure of the DNA molecule, and describe the features and organization of the genetic code in humans.
LO2 Describe the processes of DNA replication, transcription and translation.
LO3 Perform basic genetic crosses and describe examples of non-Mendelian inheritance patterns including how linked genes affect inheritance patterns.
LO4 Draw pedigree charts based on phenotypic expression of chromosomal disorders and recognize different inheritance patterns from these pedigree charts.
LO5 Categorise different types of mutations and predict their impact on cellular function and on the development of cancer
LO6 Apply the Hardy-Weinberg principle and allele frequency data to predict genotype frequencies and determine the impact of natural selection and genetic drift on these frequencies

Module Content & Assessment

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Continuous Assessment Continuous Assessment Examination 1,2 30.00 n/a
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3,4,6 70.00 End-of-Semester

TU Dublin – Tallaght Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Class-based learning 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Independent Learning Reading of related material and studying for exams 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 6.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • D. Peter Snustad and M. J. Simmons 2015, Principles of Genetics, 7th Ed., Wiley [ISBN: 978-111914228]
  • William S. Klug, Michael R. Cummings, Charlotte A. Spencer, Michael A. Palladino 2015, Concepts of Genetics, Global Edition, 11th Ed., Pearson [ISBN: 1292077263]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
TA_SABIO_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Bioanalytical Science 4 Mandatory
TA_SADNF_B Bachelor of Science Hons in DNA and Forensic Analysis 4 Mandatory
TA_SASCI_D Bachelor of Science in Bioanalysis or Chemical Analysis 4 Group Elective 1
TA_SADNF_D Bachelor of Science in DNA and Forensic Analysis 4 Mandatory
TA_SBIOL_C Higher Certificate in Science in Applied Biology 4 Mandatory