Module code: BMS3093

Module provider

School of Biosciences and Medicine

Module Leader

BAILEY SG Dr (Biosc & Med)

Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 6

JACs code

Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework COURSEWORK 100%

Alternative Assessment


Prerequisites / Co-requisites

BMS1047. BMS2036 is recommended.  

Module overview

The purpose of this module is to give students a clear view of how and where genetics is used in the ‘real world’. This module will build on the basics of molecular biology and genetics taught in Levels 4 and 5, and will expect students to utilise this prior knowledge and content given in lectures and in the problem-based learning assessments.

Module aims

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:

Inheritance patterns and interpretation of pedigree trees.
Methods used to identify & distinguish between mutations and their application in human diseases.
Use of bioinformatics to compare & contrast gene sequences across multiple species or from multiple sources.
Inheritance of epigenetic control of gene expression.
Human genetic disease diagnostics (to include ethics and genetic counselling)
Diagnostic tools for identification of somatic cancer cell genetics.
Human complex disease research and the effects of the environment and genes on these. 

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to: enable students to be independent learners and thereby gain a deep understanding of genetics as it is actually used today.


The learning and teaching methods include:

Class tutorials, using the ‘flipped classroom’ approach; facilitated, small-group, PBL sessions
revision tutorials
Peer-assisted learning will be achieved through group work for PBL sessions
Formal class debate on an aspect of the ethics of genetics


In total approximately 30 hours of contact time).

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate a clear and deep understanding of the different aspects of genetics in the 21st century, and to show their independent learning skills acquired during the course.


Three summative assessment for this module consists of:

Two group assignments and one piece of individual work based on the group-work PBL. These will be based on a case study or problem based learning approach, covering three different aspects of the course, deadlines will be dispersed evenly across the semester (33.3% of mark each). This will test the students’ ability to communicate clearly and concisely, which of course is a very important skill for a scientist.


Use of small-group PBL sessions will provide opportunity for peer feedback. Students will be able to assess his/her progress/performance against the class, because the group assessment sessions will be interactive.


There will be a formal class debate on some aspect of the ethics of genetics – this will be voluntary, but students who participate would gain immediate formative feedback as to their levels of knowledge and understanding.

Reading list


Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.