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BS977 - Essentials of Medical Genomics

  • Module code: BS977
  • Module name: Essentials of Medical Genomics
  • Department: School of Life Sciences
  • Credit: 10

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The module will allow students the opportunity to study the fundamental principles of medical genomics. The primary aim is to present these fundamental principles in a way that is accessible to students from relatively diverse backgrounds. This will be achieved by detailed consideration of case studies published in primary literature. The module aims to give students a detailed knowledge of the potential for medical genomics, its exploitation by the pharmaceutical industry sector and a critical appreciation of the various molecular and computational techniques in use for the analysis of medical genomic data.

Principal learning outcomes

Students will:  Have a broad, integrated knowledge of medical genomics and how it relates to health issues and medical treatment.  Be able to critically assess the use of novel genomic information and its relevance to the pharmaceutical industry.  Be able to demonstrate knowledge of genomic data analysis for the identification of infectious agents and the genetic basis of common and rare diseases.  Be able to critically assess advantages and disadvantages of classic and novel genomic tools

Timetabled teaching activities

Lectures, seminars, self study and group presentations

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
10 CATS (Module code: BS977-10)
A (Assessed work only) Group Seminar Presentation 40%
  1500 word Written Assignment 60%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core
  • Postgraduate Medical Biotechnology and Business Management (J7N2) - Year 1
  • Postgraduate Taught Systems Biology (C1P9) - Year 1
  • Postgraduate Taught Integrative Bioscience (C1PK) - Year 1
  • Postgraduate Taught Biotechnology, Bioprocessing and Business Management (C5N2) - Year 1