Human Genetics and Evolution

BIOL 110/3.0

Overview

Introductory genetics and evolutionary processes as they relate to the human condition - genetic diseases, medical techniques, inheritance and ethical issues such as cloning and genetically modified foods. LEARNING HOURS 118 (26L;10T;10G;36O;36P)

Learning Outcomes

Students completing BIOL 110 will have the ability to:

  • identify and define basic concepts in genetics such as inheritance, gene, and chromosome
  • apply genetic concepts in the understanding of human evolution
  • appreciate the relevance of genetics to important societal issues such as stem cell research, longevity research, genetic testing, cancer, and other genetic diseases
  • distinguish between “older-school” research approaches and cutting edge approaches
  • evaluate how life might be affected by new technologies in the Genomics Age.

Topics:

  • The Human Genome
  • Cell Biology/Chromosomes
  • Meiosis and Development
  • Mutation/Single-Gene Inheritance
  • Beyond Mendel's Laws
  • Sex and Genetics
  • Multifactorial (Complex) Traits
  • Genetics of Behavioural Traits
  • Human Evolution
  • Cancer
  • Genetic Technology/Genetic Testing
  • Genomics

 

Terms

Fall 2022
Course Dates
Delivery Mode
Online

Evaluation

15% - Quizzes (x3)
20% - Discussion Forums (x2)
5% - Paper Proposal
25% - Final Essay
35% - Proctored Final Exam

**Evaluation Subject to Change**

STUDENTS ENROLLED IN ONLY ONLINE COURSES WILL HAVE TWO OPTIONS TO WRITE THEIR EXAMS:

  1. You may choose to write your exam(s) online using Examity proctoring services where you will be charged the additional $100 exam fee; or
  2. You may choose to write your exam(s) in-person on Queen's campus in Kingston where you will NOT be charged the additional $100 exam fee.

LOCATION AND TIMING OF FINAL EXAMINATIONS

Once the exam schedule has been finalized the exam date will be posted on your SOLUS account. The exam dates for each Term are listed on the Faculty of Arts and Science webpage under "Important Dates." Student exam schedules for the Fall Term are posted via SOLUS immediately prior to the Thanksgiving holiday; for the Winter Term they are posted on the Friday before Reading Week, and for the Summer Term they are individually noted on the Arts and Science Online syllabi. Students should delay finalizing any travel plans until after the examination schedule has been posted. Exams will not be moved or deferred to accommodate employment, travel/holiday plans or flight reservations.

Instructor Information

Professor Tim P. Birt (birtt@queensu.ca)

Textbook and Materials

ASO reserves the right to make changes to the required material list as received by the instructor before the course starts. Please refer to the Campus Bookstore website at http://www.campusbookstore.com/Textbooks/Search-Engine to obtain the most up-to-date list of required materials for this course before purchasing them.

  • Human Genetics, Concepts and Applications (Ricki Lewis, 12th edition, McGraw-Hill)

Time Commitment

Students can expect to spend approximately 10-11 hours a week (118 hours term total) in study/practice and online activity for BIOL 110.

Additional Information

NOTE Also offered online. Consult Arts and Science Online. Learning Hours may vary.