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Human Genetics (Revision 12)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Science

Prerequisite: BIOL 204 and BIOL 205 or equivalent undergraduate courses taken at a recognized post-secondary institution.

Faculty: Faculty of Science & Technology

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BIOL 341 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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Overview

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.

Outline

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

Evaluation

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.

Assignment 1 10%
Assignment 2 15%
First examination 25%
Assignment 3 15%
Assignment 4 10%
Second examination 25%
Total 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials

Textbook

Lewis, Ricki. (2008). Human genetics: Concepts and applications (8th ed). New York: McGraw-Hill.

Other Materials

The course materials include a course manual, study guide, and assignment manual, which can be found on the Moodle course website.

Challenge for Credit Course Overview

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.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the BIOL 341 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least “D” (50 percent) on the examination.

Paper Exam

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