Spring 2021 - MBB 462 D100
Human Genomics (3)
Class Number: 2565
Delivery Method: In Person
The organization of the human genome and the role of genomic variation in health and disease. Genomics and personalized medicine; intellectual property and privacy issues. Students with credit for MBB 440 with this same course title may not complete this course for further credit.
Description/topics: This course will explore the organization of the human genome and the role of genome variation in health and disease. A broad range of topics will be covered including, for example, human genetic history, immunogenomics, pharmacogenomics, neurogenomics, genomics technologies and genetic engineering. We will also cover the business of genomics, including direct-to-consumer genetic testing, intellectual property issues and the biotechnology industry.
In this course considerable emphasis will be placed on participation and critical thinking. Instruction will include lecture material and assigned reading from selected textbook chapters, review articles, the press, and various online sources. Students will undertake critical evaluation of selected seminal papers, and papers describing recent advances in topics relevant to human genomics.
- Non-cumulative open-book exams administered remotely 50%
- An individual oral exam scheduled with the instructor conducted remotely 15%
- Assignments, including presenting a critical analysis of a research paper 35%
Lectures: synchronous (students are expected to attend scheduled lectures remotely)
Assessments: blended; both synchronous (mandatory attendance) and asynchronous assessments, a short, remote (by zoom), individual, oral exam
Final exam: synchronous (held during scheduled class time)
Remote invigilation: No
MATERIALS + SUPPLIES:
- Access to high-speed internet
- computer with webcam for presentation to the class of group projects
- Specialized software: powerpoint
Genomes 4, 4th Edition. 2017. By Terry A. Brown
Exploring Personal Genomics. 2013. Dudley & Karczewski
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TEACHING AT SFU IN SPRING 2021
Teaching at SFU in spring 2021 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (firstname.lastname@example.org or 778-782-3112).