University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name


  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Two of GENE 221, GENE 222, BIOC 221

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Genome content and genetic elements within genomes. Genome variation and its effects within and between species. How genomes influence phenotype. Bioinformatic methods used for analysis of genomes.

    GENE 315 explores eukaryote genomes and genomic variation and is, thus, highly relevant for all students interested in modern genetics. The central theme of genomic variation links the various modules within the lecture course, which sit alongside laboratory streams designed to reinforce the concepts being taught in class. This includes coverage of both laboratory-based experimental genetics techniques, along with computational methods for the analysis of genetic data.

    Teaching Arrangements
    There are twelve weeks of laboratory classes, run across the five teaching modules, and students are assigned to one of two lab streams (Wednesday and Thursday afternoons). Laboratory classes run from 2.00 pm to 5.50 pm (room G09, Biochemistry building).

    Course Structure
    The lecture course is divided into 5 blocks:
    - Exploring the genome
    - Genome content
    - Genome variation and its effects within species
    - From genome to phenotype
    - Implications of the genomic revolution

    The lecture course is complemented by a laboratory course, which provides training in data analysis and relevant genetic methods, including genome assembly and annotation; identification and assessment of genomic variation; quantitative genetics and genomic selection; and the impact of genetic variants on phenotype.

    Learning Outcomes
    Knowledge and understanding of the basic principles of eukaryote genomics:
    - How genomic sequence is obtained and analysed
    - Genome annotation
    - Genome content and complexity
    - Cross-species genomic comparisons
    - Methods for the identification of genomic variants
    - Quantitative genetics and genomic selection
    - Interpretation of phenotype variation in the context of large-scale genomic data sets
    - Computer technology skills relating to the analysis of genomic data

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