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BIOL 205  Mendelian and Molecular Genetics  Units: 3.00  
An introduction to Mendelian and molecular genetics covering the basic mechanisms of genetic transmission, gene structure and function, as well as the application of molecular genetics in medicine and biotechnology.
Learning Hours: 120 (36 Lecture, 18 Tutorial, 18null, 48 Private Study)  
Requirements: Prerequisite A GPA of 1.90 in (BIOL 102/3.0 and BIOL 103/3.0).  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  

Course Learning Outcomes:

  1. Apply knowledge of various molecular genetics methodologies used to analyse DNA, RNA and protein to demonstrate how these molecular techniques are used to understand gene function.
  2. Explain and differentiate the key features of DNA replication and repair, transcription and protein translation, including cellular constituents involved, in both prokaryotes and eukaryotes to gain an understanding of how genes function.
  3. Explain inheritance ratios in terms of chromosome behaviour at meiosis to be able to infer genetic interaction of different genes based on modified Mendelian ratios.
  4. Explain the way in which modern genetics developed and how it has influenced modern medicine, agriculture and evolution to gain an understanding of how the scientific method is applied to biological problems.
  5. Perform a quantitative analysis of test crosses to assess genetic linkage and mapping of multiple genes.
  6. Predict the effects of various types of mutations on gene function to propose reasonable hypotheses to explain dominance and recessive phenotypes at the molecular level.

The Biology Department is located in the BioSciences Complex, a large building with offices, teaching laboratories, lecture rooms and extensive research facilities. The Department also maintains the Queen's University Biological Station: more than 3000 ha of woodland, fields and shoreline on both Lake Opinicon and Elbow Lake, 50 km north of Kingston. This station has extensive laboratory and teaching facilities and can provide accommodation for 75 or more researchers and students interested in population and community ecology, limnology, behavioural ecology, and conservation biology.