International Summer School Essential Genetics BIOL2050

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Life Sciences
  • Credits: 15
  • Level: Level 2 (SCQF level 8)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

The Essential Genetics summer course consists of lectures, problem-based learning, discussion sessions and practical laboratory work, with the aim of developing understanding of current research in Genetics, with specific emphasis on aspects of the following:

■ the nature of mutations, genetic variation and gene mapping

■ properties of genes and their inheritance

■ the nature of human genetic disease especially diagnostics and treatments

■ discussion and reflection on the ethical implications of advances in genetics

■ solving genetic problems over a range of complexity

■ training in the analysis of sequence data and patterns of inheritance


Full time between mid-July and mid-August (4 weeks). In total, there will be approximately 46 contact hours comprising lectures, problem sessions/tutorials, laboratory practical sessions and guided learning.

Requirements of Entry

Eligible students must have completed 1st year of the Undergraduate Degree, majoring in a Biological Science (e.g. Genetics, Molecular and Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Immunology). It would be beneficial to have some background knowledge of basic genetics e.g mono and dihybrid crosses, Mendelian Inheritance. A good grasp of written and verbal English is required. A GPA of 3.0 for American Students or a B grade average equivalent. IELTS of 6.0 with no sub test less than 5.5.

Excluded Courses





The course will be assessed through a series of closed book quizzes (30%) and a written examination at the end of the course (25%) plus course work consisting of written assignments (45%).

Main Assessment In: August

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No


Course Aims

The aim of this course is to provide students with the opportunity to develop and build on their knowledge of genetics through a series of lectures, practical work, problem based learning sessions and interpretation and discussion of current research findings relevant to the field of genetics. In addition, the course aims to improve the students' critical thinking and practical, written and oral communication skills.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to: 

■ describe the structure, organization and replication of genomes;

■ describe the basic genetic principles of inheritance in a diploid organism;

■ solve genetic problems over a range of complexity; 

■ discuss the ethical dilemmas that arise from the application of genetics in science and society; 

■ use bio-informatic tools to analyse sequence data.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.