Genome Science

The details
Life Sciences (School of)
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 03 October 2019
Saturday 14 December 2019
05 September 2019


Requisites for this module


BS312, BS320

Key module for

BSC C700 Biochemistry,
BSC C701 Biochemistry (Including Placement Year),
BSC C703 Biochemistry (Including Year Abroad),
BSC CR00 Biochemistry (Including Foundation Year),
BSC C400 Genetics,
BSC C402 Genetics (Including Year Abroad),
BSC C403 Genetics (Including Placement Year),
BSC CK00 Genetics (Including Foundation Year),
BSC C410 Genetics and Genomics,
BSC C411 Genetics and Genomics (Including Placement Year),
BSC C412 Genetics and Genomics (Including Year Abroad)

Module description

This module presents genomics techniques for studying gene regulation at the whole genome level. The focus is on the eukaryotic genomes but the content is applicable to study any organisms. The course includes a wet lab and computer practical sessions on next-generation sequencing and its analysis.

Module aims

This module aims to give an overview of main approaches and concepts in the field of genome science.

Module learning outcomes

To pass this module, students will need to be able to:

1. Describe the techniques and approaches used to study genomes and genes;
2. Explain how Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) data is obtained and analysed;
3. Describe the organisation of eukaryotic genomes.;
4. Understand main principles of transcription regulation;
5. Explain how genomes and genes change and evolve;
6. Explain how molecular approaches are contributing to the diagnosis and treatment of disease;
7. Demonstrate competence in a) the analysis and interpretation of data, b) written communication, c) the use of DNA sequence analysis programs.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

16 x 1 hour lectures and 1 revision class before summer exam; 3 practicals (4 hour wet lab and 2x2 hour PC labs or equivalent)


  • Ferdinand Moln├ír; Carlberg, Carsten. (2018) Human epigenomics, Singapore: Springer Verlag.
  • Micklos, David A.; Nash, Bruce; Hilgert, Uwe. (no date) Genome Science: A Practical and Conceptual Introduction to Molecular Genetic Analysis in Eukaryotes.

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Work Based on Pracs 1, 2 & 3   20/12/2019  100% 
Exam  120 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main) 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
50% 50%


Coursework Exam
50% 50%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Vladimir Teif, email:
Dr Vladimir Teif, Dr Patrick Varga Weis, Prof Leo Schalkwyk, Dr Ben Skinner
School Undergraduate Office, email: bsugoffice (Non essex users should add to create the full email address)



External examiner

Dr Clive Butler
The University of Exeter
Associate Professor of Microbial Biochemistry
Available via Moodle
Of 57 hours, 20 (35.1%) hours available to students:
37 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information
Life Sciences (School of)

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