Core Module Information
Module title: Genes and Inheritance

SCQF level: 08:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: BMS08103
Module leader: Nicole Payton
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: LIFE SCIENCES


Description of module content:

In this module you will learn about the key concepts of genetics and gain experience of appropriate laboratory techniques. You will study prokaryotic and eukaryotic mechanisms and processes such as replication, gene expression, transcription, translation, mutations and repair. We will look at the regulation of these processes and investigate what happens when they fail. You will also learn about epigenetics. The module includes genome evolution and population genetics and how these can inform areas as diverse as disease mapping and conservation biology.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Explain the key concepts of genetics
LO2: Discuss how key concepts are regulated and what happens when regulation fails
LO3: Discuss the evolution of the genome
LO4: Explain population genetics
LO5: Carry out lab experiments involving transfer, manipulation and analysis of DNA

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Nicole Payton
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
A mixture of face-to-face and independent learning will be used to support you on this module. Face-to-face teaching involves lectures, tutorials and practicals. Lectures and tutorials will cover LOs1-4. The practicals will cover LO5. All classes will contain some form of activities to encourage you to engage with the module. There will also be suggestions for further reading to encourage independent studies.

Formative Assessment:
Bi-weekly self-assessment tests will be available to help you with the contents of the module with feedback given immediately. You will be shown how to produce a learning log prior to the first exercise which will help with the first component of the summative assessment. Mock exam questions made available prior to the exam will help you to become familiar with the style of questions. Your answers will be peer reviewed in one of the tutorial sessions and after that the tutors will provide model answers. This will help you feel more confident in the exam at the end of the module.

Summative Assessment:
Coursework assessment will contain the preparation of a learning log (LOs 1 and 5). This is worth 50% of the overall module mark.
A 2-hour exam at the end of the module will assess knowledge and understanding (LOs 2-4). This is worth 50% of the overall module mark.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 20
Face To Face Tutorial 6
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 160
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 2
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Learning Log 50 1 & 5 11 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1500
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 50 2, 3 & 4 14/15 HOURS= 2, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
BMS08103 Genes and Inheritance (1)