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Human Genetics (Revision 12)
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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online
Area of Study: Science
Faculty: Faculty of Science & Technology
BIOL 341 has a Challenge for Credit option.
This course introduces you to the laws of heredity as they apply to humans and to the study of inherited traits. The course covers a number of other related topics, including sex determination, the composition and function of genes, the causes and effects of mutation, population genetics, the genetics of immunity and cancer, the contribution of heredity to behaviour and intelligence, genetic counselling, and genetic engineering.
Unit 1: An Overview of Human Genetics
Unit 2: Cells and the Individual
Unit 3: Human Reproduction, Meiosis, and Development
Unit 4: Chromosomes
Unit 5: The Laws of Heredity
Unit 6: Beyond Mendel’s Laws
Unit 7: Matters of Sex
Unit 8: Multifactorial and Behavioural Traits
Unit 9: DNA Structure and Replication
Unit 10: Gene Expression
Unit 11: Mutation and Repair
Unit 12: Population Genetics
Unit 13: Evolution
Unit 14: The Genetics of Immunity
Unit 15: The Genetics of Cancer
Unit 16: Genetic Technologies and Applications
To receive credit for BIOL 341, students must achieve a course composite grade of at least “D” (50 percent) and a grade of at least 50 per cent on each of the assignments and each of the examinations.
To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
Lewis, Ricki. (2008). Human genetics: Concepts and applications (8th ed). New York: McGraw-Hill.
The course materials include a course manual, study guide, and assignment manual, which can be found on the Moodle course website.
The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.
Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.
Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form
Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.
Opened in Revision 12, October 9, 2013.
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Updated January 14 2014