Human Molecular Genetics

The details
Life Sciences (School of)
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 08 October 2020
Friday 18 December 2020
08 October 2020


Requisites for this module
BS221 or BS222



Key module for

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

The study of human genetics is one of the fastest moving areas of scientific research today, with technology driving the field of medical genomics from studies at the level of a single gene to population-wide analysis.

Our understanding of the role of non-coding RNAs and epigenetics in regulating gene expression during development is increasing. And the importance of these mechanisms in genetic responses to the environment and disease susceptibility is steadily being revealed. This will include looking at the evolution of the human genome and applications of genome research to examples of genetic disease.

Module aims

The aim of this course is to explore a range of topics in human genetics and give a research based view of recent developments in the field.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students should be able to:

1. explain the structure and evolutionary origins of the human genome, and the variation observed in human populations;
2. understand the inheritance and underlying mechanisms of simple and complex human genetic traits and diseases;
3. explain the roles non-coding RNAs play in regulating gene expression and developmental processes, in health and disease;
4. discuss the molecular mechanisms and importance of epigenetics and imprinting;
5. demonstrate competence in the analysis and interpretation of data and in the written communication of information.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

18 x 1 hour lectures plus 1 revision class before summer exam


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Overall assessment

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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Charalampos Rallis, email:
Dr Babis Rallis, Dr Vladimir Teif, Dr Ben Skinner, Dr Patrick Varga Weisz
School Undergraduate Office, email: bsugoffice (Non essex users should add to create the full email address)



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
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265 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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