Course

Course Summary
Credit Type:
Course
ACE ID:
SDCM-0022
Organization's ID:
Biology 102
Organization:
Location:
Classroom-based
Length:
Self-paced. 6 weeks (25 hours)
Dates Offered:
Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 Basic Genetics
Description

Objective:

The course objective is to teach students the basics about genetic research, disorders, and theories.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Analyze the theory of evolution, the Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium, natural selection, inbreeding, genetic fitness and speciation
  • Relate the polymerase chain reaction, cloning, genetic modification and the Human Genome Project
  • Analyze DNA and RNA replication, types and structure, prokaryotic transcription, eukaryotic transcription, the genetic code and protein synthesis
  • Examine the basic principles of genetics, properties of alleles, Mendel's laws, complementation tests, exceptions to simple dominance, polygenic traits, epistasis and heredity
  • Compare and contrast invertebrate and vertebrate model organisms, the pattern formation in the basic body plan, and the different types of genes
  • Summarize what causes mutations, including mutagens, irradiation, and DNA base excision repair
  • Breakdown human genetics research including pedigrees, population genetics, genetic disorders, sex chromosomes and genetic testing
  • Review topics related to comparative genomics, such as homology, prokaryotes, eukaryotes and chromosomes

General Topics:

  • The molecular and chromosomal basis of inheritance
  • Transmission/Mendelian genetics
  • Population genetics and evolution
  • Model organisms and developmental genetics
  • DNA damage, mutation, and repair
  • Human genetics
  • Comparative genomics
  • DNA technology and transgenic organisms
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials

Methods of Assessment:

  • Examinations
  • Quizzes

Minimum Passing Score:

70%
Supplemental Materials