Spring 2019 - BISC 302W D100

Genetic Analysis (3)

Class Number: 2412

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
    AQ 3159, Burnaby

    Th 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
    AQ 3159, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 14, 2019
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    SSCC 9002, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    BISC 202 with a grade of C- or better.



Discussion and manipulations of some of the organisms and techniques applicable to genetic analysis. Students are required to come into the lab on average of two hours per week in addition to the four hour scheduled lab each week for project work. Students with credit for BISC 302 may not take this course for further credit. Writing.


Course Description:

Lecture/Laboratory course using model eukaryotes. We will assume you understand the basics of genes, gene mapping, recombination and segregation from Bisc 202.   The laboratory will include experiments involving several model organisms, including corn, Drosophila, Sordaria (a filamentous fungus), and case studies involving human genetics scenarios. We are piloting a new genotyping project. The work for the project will be done in groups of 3 to 5.  

The project may require some time in the lab outside of regular lab times.   

Experiments will include gene mapping, using standard genetic crosses, as well as tetrad analysis. Students may examine chromosomes preparations from selected organisms. Other labs will cover extraction of DNA, and PCR (polymerase chain reaction) amplification of selected DNA regions. Some labs will involve problem solving and case studies.     The lecture topics will include a review of standard genetic mapping, advanced mapping and tetrad analysis, mechanisms of recombination, gene conversion, epigenetics, transposable elements, sex-linkage (including the origin and evolution of sex chromosomes), and forward and reverse genetic approaches. The final lecture(s) may cover student-selected topics.  

This is a writing intensive course, which means that 50% of the grade will be based on written work, both formal writing and in-lab writing.


  • Midterm Exam 10%
  • Laboratory worksheets and in-lab writing 15%
  • Drosophila project report 15%
  • Two short lab reports (5%, 10%) 15%
  • Lab quizzes 10%
  • Team exercises in the lab 10%
  • Clickers 10%
  • Final Exam 15%


Some of this is under revision- this is a rough guideline that could change a little



Required: iClickers will be used in class


There is no Required Textbook for this course


Whatever genetics text you already have is fine  (material is provided as review papers and recorded introductions to the topics we will cover)  

Registrar Notes:

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