Genetics is at the forefront of advancements in science, medicine and technology. And it involves how living organisms become what they are, and how we differ from one another and other species. It’s a complicated subject! This course is ideal for those after some basic insights into this discipline who work in forensics and law, genetic enhancements, diseases and treatments, or those who would simply like to learn more about their own health.
The Certificate of Geneticsis an online professional development program that will give you an understanding of genetics and the universal principles, possibilities and complications of DNA-based life.
In this genetics course, you will study the scope, nature and history of genetics; the theories of Darwin and Mendel; cells, organelles and cell division; and the interaction between chromosomes and the interaction between genes.
You will also learn about mutations, genetic chemistry, DNA repair, recombination and developmental, and population and applied genetics.
On completion of this course, you will have learnt the fundamentals of genetics, including cellular function, traits, characteristics and heritability. Get set to join the genetic revolution!
Unit - Genetics
Unit 1 – Introduction to genetics
Scope, nature and history
Darwin and Mendel
Mendel’s law of segregation
Mendel’s Law of Independent Assortment
Advances since Mendel
Important genetics terminology
Unit 2 – Cells, organelles and cell division
Organelles in the cell
Cell structure and function
Organelles in plants -Cell wall, Vacuole, Plastids
Organelles in plants and animals – plasma membrane, cytoplasm, ribosomes etc.
Genetic structures and materials
Cell division –meiosis and mitosis
Four stages of Mitosis
Gamete production in plants
Unit 3 – Interaction between chromosomes
Sex linked inheritance
Colour blindness example
Linkage and crossing over
Unit 4 – Interaction between Genes
Traits and gene expression
Unit 5 – Genetic chemistry
DNA (Deoxyribonucleic Acid) Structure
Double Stranded Helix
Understanding the genetic code
Role of proteins
Transcription and translation
Post translational modification
Introns and exons
Reading the code
Unit 6 – Mutations
Point mutations (single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP)
Point substitution mutation
Categories of gene mutations
How do mutations occur
Viruses or other microorganisms
Effect of mutations
Repair of mutations
Unit 7 – DNA repair and recombination
Methyl directed mismatch repair
Photoreactivation (Light dependent repair)
Unit 8 – Developmental genetics
Genetics are instructions for structures
Cellular organisation and differentiation
Model organisms used in developmental genetics
Why study developmental genetics
The human genome project
Genetic advances in birth defects
Gene therapy and cancer
Unit 9 – Population genetics
What is population genetics
Genetic variation within a population
How do we measure genetic variation
The Hardy Weinberg law
Evolutionary agents and their effect on population genetics
Movement of individuals between populations
Unit 10 – Applied Genetics
Set Genetics in breeding animals
Farm animal breeding
Genetics for breeding plants
Cloning -somatic cell nuclear transfer
Modifying organisms genetically
Agricultural applications for transgenics
Medical applications for transgenics
Transgenics to modify DNA in plants
Genetics in human health science
Diagnosis of disease
Estimated duration 50 hours
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Professional development for those wishing to understand genetics and the universal principles, possibilities and complications conductive of DNA-based life.