Genetics and Evolution - BIOS3240

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 4 15 (7.5) Marta Farre Belmonte checkmark-circle


This module is an introduction to Mendelian genetics, and it will also address human pedigrees, quantitative genetics, and mechanisms of evolution.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 40
Total Private Study Hours: 110
Total Study Hours: 150

Method of assessment

Lab Report (1,500 words) – 20%
MCQ Test (40 questions) – 20%
Examination (2 hours) – 60%

Indicative reading

Freeman S. and Herron J.C. (2016). Evolutionary Analysis, Global Edition. (5th Edition). New York, NY: Pearson Education Inc.
Reece, J., Urry, L. Cain, M., Wasserman, S., Minorsky, P. & Jackson, R. (2017). Campbell Biology (10th Edition). New York, NY: Pearson Education Inc.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Demonstrate the ability to predict outcomes in monohybrid and dihybrid crosses using Mendelian genetics.
Demonstrate a basic understanding of patterns of inheritance that do not obey Mendelian Principles.
Demonstrate the ability to analyse pedigrees and predict the inheritance of human genetic disease.
Demonstrate a basic understanding of DNA mutation and of horizontal gene transfer and their role in evolution.
Demonstrate a basic understanding of Darwin's observations and the role of genetics in speciation and evolution.
Demonstrate an ability to quantify the distribution of genes in populations.

The intended generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Retrieve and interpret information.
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of experimentation, data acquisition, analysis, and presentation.
Demonstrate knowledge of computational analysis.


  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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