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GENE8003 - Quantitative Genetics

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Title:Quantitative Genetics
Long Title:Population and Quantitative Genetics
Module Code:GENE8003
 
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Advanced
Field of Study: Genetics
Valid From: Semester 2 - 2019/20 ( January 2020 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Next Review Date: January 2025
Module Coordinator: Brigid Lucey
Module Author: Deirdre Purfield
Module Description: This module will examine population and quantitative trait measures which are routinely applied within the agri-food industry, including; how genetic variation is measured and its translation to phenotype, and the importance of both in breeding schemes to achieve sustainable genetic gain.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Examine important population and quantitative genetic concepts
LO2 Understand the underlying components contributing to phenotypic variation
LO3 Interpret the underlying concepts and principles involved in genetic selection
LO4 Assess factors controlling the rate of genetic gain and their role in breeding programmes
LO5 Critique applications of quantitative genetic methods within selected industries
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named CIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed
Requirements

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed
 

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Genetic Concepts
Mendelian genetics, sex determinations, sex-linked characteristics, genetic recombination, pedigree analysis, genetic/genomic testing.
Quantitative Genetics
Quantitative traits, population evaluations, estimation of allele frequencies, Hardy-Weinberg, evolutionary forces, linkage disequilibrium, heterosis, effective population size.
Genetic Variance
Additive and non-additive genetic variance, types of heritability, calculation of heritablility, genome-wide association studies.
Genetic Gain
Genetic and genomic strategies for genetic improvement in the agri-food sector, factors affecting genetic gain, estimation of breeding values (BLUP), genotype by environment interactions.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Multiple Choice Questions MCQ on theoretical concepts 1,2,3 40.0 Week 6
Short Answer Questions Short answer questions assessment on theoretical concepts and data interpretation 3,4,5 60.0 Week 13
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment

 

Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Theory, concepts and case studies 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Independent study 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Theory, concepts and case studies 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Lecture Independent study 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 7.00
 

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Pierce, B.A. 2016, Genetics: A Conceptual Approach, 6th Ed., Macmillan Education New York, United States [ISBN: 9781319153915]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Khatib, H. 2015, Molecular and Quantitative Animal Genetics, 1st Ed., Wiley-Blackwell New Jersey, United States [ISBN: 9781118677407]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
 

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_SAGBI_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Agri-Biosciences 8 Mandatory

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