Molecular Genetics


Course Objective

To provide students with a critical understanding of molecular
biological techniques, their interpretation and application in relation
to behavior.

Course Content

Since (most of) the human genome is sequenced, research searching for
genes involved in behavioral traits exponentially increased. For those
studies, DNA is collected from subjects. After DNA collection, the DNA
is isolated and measured in a laboratory. This course evaluates the
different techniques that can be used to manipulate DNA like sequencing,
PCR and gel electrophoreses. The structure of the genome (structure of a
DNA molecule, coding/non- coding DNA, mutations etc.) and how genomes
function in cells (gene expression, DNA transcription/translation, DNA
replication etc) will also be explained.

Teaching Methods

2 x 2 hrs lectures + 1 x 2 hrs teacher-guided small-group
lecture/practical per week

Method of Assessment

Written examination (2/3 of final grade) and writing assignment (1/3 of
final grade). Partial grades are only valid during the study year in
which the grade has been achieved.


T. Strachan & A. Read (2018). Human Molecular Genetics (5th edition).

Additional Information

This course is taught in English

General Information

Course Code P_BMOLGEN
Credits 6 EC
Period P5
Course Level 300
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Fac. of Behavioural and Movement Science
Course Coordinator dr. R. Pool
Examiner dr. R. Pool
Teaching Staff dr. R. Pool
R. Jansen

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Teaching Methods Lecture, Computer lab