Spring 2022 - BISC 424 D100

Applied Genomics (3)

Class Number: 1968

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 10 – Apr 11, 2022: Mon, 11:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

    Jan 10 – Apr 11, 2022: Wed, 11:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

    Jan 10 – Apr 11, 2022: Fri, 11:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    BISC 101, BISC 102, BISC 202, MBB 222, MBB 231, and either BISC 357 or MBB 331; all with a grade of C- or better.



The course provides an overview of "omics" methods in large-scale identification of gene functions in various organisms, and demonstrates how this knowledge can be applied in genomics fields, including plant and animal breeding. Students who have taken Special Topics BISC 471 Applied Genomics may not take this course for further credit.


Genetic methodology has evolved from studying single genes to sequencing all genes and identifying most genes involved in specific processes. These genomics methodologies are finding applications in research fields such as development, physiology, ecology, and anthropology, and also in applied research and development ranging from medicine to infectious disease and pest control, and breeding. Differently from common perception, these technologies are not necessarily more difficult than previous technologies and do offer jobs with specializations ranging from lab bench work to interpretation of data on computers, to applying findings, for example in counselling of genetic disease patients. 


  • • midterm 30%
  • • tutorials 40%
  • • final Project 30%



Lecture powerpoint presentations and recordings, pdf files.


The course will be based on primary research literature and reviews.

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in spring 2022 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with safety plans in place.  Some courses will still be offered through remote methods, and if so, this will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

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Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the spring 2022 term.