Module MSE-3017:
Medical Genetics

Module Facts

Run by School of Medical Sciences

10 Credits or 5 ECTS Credits

Semester 1

Organiser: Dr Ramsay Mcfarlane

Overall aims and purpose

Overall Aims and Purpose 1. To gain a good understanding of the basic science behind the discipline of Medical Genetics 2. To gain a good understanding of the technologies and diagnostic methodologies associated with Medical Genetics. 3. To gain a good understanding of post-genomics technologies and their application in medical diagnostics and therapeutics. 4. To gain a good understanding of the importance of the molecular biology of the cell in understanding biological systems associated with human health and disease. 5. To develop key skills in self learning in the field of Medical Genetics.

Course content

This course will cover broad aspects of genetics which relate to medical technologies and diagnostics. It will cover relevant areas of basic human genetics. It will give the students an excellent grounding in human genomics and the new technology developments in human genomics which are leading to medical treatments and screening programmes based on the genetic make-up of individual genome profiles. In addition the students will be given experience in case studies of specific non-cancerous human genetic diseases and will employ a self learning exercise to get a deep understanding of the molecular and genetic basis for the aetiology of human genetic disorders.

Specific areas covered are:

(i) human molecular genetics in medicine; (ii) Post genomics and personalised genetics in medicine; (iii) basic genetics relevance to medicine; (iv) case studies into specific human genetic disorders.

Assessment Criteria

C- to C+

Category C (50% - 59%):

A less engaged student should have a correct understanding of the essential facts, principles and clinical significance of key investigations presented in the module.

Written answers should demonstrate an ability to organise relevant lecture material into a coherent argument. The answer may lack explanation and context. No evidence of wider reading.

For the practical reports, the student must demonstrate a basic understanding of the aims and objectives of the experiment and be able to present and interpret the data in a satisfactory manner.

excellent

Category A (70%-100%):

An excellent student should have a thorough factual knowledge across all aspects of the module, integrated with a comprehensive understanding of the analytical principles and clinical significance of investigations presented in the module based on wider reading and critical analysis.

Written answers should demonstrate an ability to think critically about the subject and to synthesise lecture material and information from background reading.

For the practical reports, the student must additionally demonstrate ability to relate data to various clinical conditions, to critically evaluate the experimental data and have incorporated material into reports which has been gleaned from external sources.

good

Category B (60%-69%):

A good student should have a thorough factual knowledge across all aspects of the module, integrated with a comprehensive understanding of the analytical principles and clinical significance of investigations presented in the module.

Written answers should demonstrate an ability to think critically about the subject and to the synthesise lecture material.

For the practical reports, the student must demonstrate the ability to relate data to various clinical conditions, to evaluate the experimental data.

threshold

Category D (40% - 49%):

A threshold student should have basic knowledge of the essential facts, principles and clinical significance of key investigations presented in the module.

Written answers should demonstrate an ability to organise relevant lecture material into a coherent argument.

For the practical reports, the student must demonstrate a basic understanding of the aims and objectives of the experiment and be able to present and interpret the data in a satisfactory manner.

Learning outcomes

  1. On successful completion of the module the students will demonstrate an ability to follow experimental procedures for the investigation of genetic disease with interpretation and discussion in a written report.

  2. On successful completion of the module the students should be able to demonstrate a broad understanding of how insight into molecular mechanisms of living systems can be used to understand the aetiology of human disease and how it can result in the development of new clinically relevant tools / technologies.

  3. On successful completion of the module the students should be able to demonstrate a broad understanding of how post-genomics technologies can be applied to medical research and the developments in clinical medical genetics / molecular biology.

  4. On successful completion of the module the students should be able to demonstrate a broad understanding technologies used in the analysis of the human genome.

  5. On successful completion of the module the students should be able to demonstrate a broad understanding of diagnostic approaches used within the field of Medical Genetics.

  6. On successful completion of the module the students should be able to demonstrate a broad understanding of modern technologies associated with Medical Genetics.

  7. On successful completion of the module the students should be able to demonstrate a broad understanding of the basic science which underpins modern Medial Genetics

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
EXAM Final Exam 60
REPORT Disease Specific Report 40

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Hours
Lecture 76
Individual Project

Students will be set a self learning task based on a review style report. This will be centred on a single genetic disorder (of their choice).

22
Tutorial

There will be a group tutorial session at the end of the module. This will be used as an open session to revisit any aspect of the course that students feel requires more direct academic in-put. It will also cover previous exams and exam technique.

2

Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
  • Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others

Pre- and Co-requisite Modules

Courses including this module

Optional in courses: