BB1070 Genetics 6.0 credits
Genetics is the basis for most biological, medical and biotechnical analyses and techniques. Consequently, in order to optimally exploit the biotechnical tools, knowledge about the basic genetics is of great importance. This course aims to give a broad knowledge, from an evolutionary perspective, of how genetic variation is formed and inherited, and how it evolves.
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Content and learning outcomes
Genetics is the basis for most biological, medical and biotechnical subjects. Consequently, in order to optimally exploit biotechnical tools, knowledge about basic genetics is of great importance. This course aims to give a broad knowledge, from an evolutionary perspective, of how genetic variation is formed and inherited, and how it evolves.
A number of basic aspects of genetics will be studied, for example:
- The origins of life, and the “Tree of Life”: the origins, development and relationships (phylogeny) of all organisms.
- The mechanisms of evolution.
- The genetic difference between organisms: differences and similarities in the architecture and function of the genomes, and how this evolved through the evolution.
- Inheritance of genes and traits: different modes of inheritance (Mendelian, asexual and epigenetic) and their effect on the “success” of individuals and species.
- Inherited diseases: their causes and effects.
- Genetic differences between human populations: their historical origin and subsequent spread, and their medical importance.
Intended learning outcomes
After completion of the course the student shall have
Knowledge and understanding to:
- Describe the basic theories for the origin of life and the mechanisms of evolution.
- Describe architecture and evolution of eucaryote genomes.
- Describe the mechanisms behind genetic and epigenetic inheritance.
- Perform basic population genetic calculations.
- Describe how genetic variation originates and evolves, and discuss its medical consequences.
Values and approaches to:
- Evaluate and discuss scientific and popular science articles within genetics.
Literature and preparations
BB1150 Biochemistry, BB1160 Eucaryotic Cell Biology, BB1030 Microbiology and BB1190 Gene Technology
Examination and completion
If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.
- SEM1 - Scientific discussion about articles, 1.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
- TEN2 - Written Exam, 5.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.
The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.
Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination
Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination
- All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
- In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
- In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.
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