What is the course about?
Starting with the basics of cell biology you will learn about how genetic information is carried in our DNA on genes and chromosomes. You will learn how genes influence evolution and how we inherit our physical characteristics. You will also learn how our health may be determined by our genes, and how genes contribute to cancer and other diseases. The course will deliberate the uses of genetic manipulation and its uses in our modern lives – from ‘GM’ foodstuffs, medical research to DNA testing for paternity and forensic analysis.
This is a live online course. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- Basics of cell biology.
- Where do we find DNA?
- DNA structure and function
- How genes work and how do they carry information?
- Inheritance and evolution.
- Genetic diseases and cancer development.
- DNA testing for genetic diseases, paternity tests, forensic analysis.
- Uses of DNA technology and genetic manipulation for medicine, health and food.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Describe how the structure of DNA is directly linked to its function.
- State what is meant by the terms genes, chromosomes and genetic traits.
- Explain how genetic information is carried from one generation to the next.
- Outline some of the ways in which our genes and the environment govern our health – nature vs nurture.
- Recognise and evaluate genetic manipulation – and its uses.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an introductory course and is open to all. No prior knowledge of the subject is required. However, you will
need a good grasp of English to keep up with the course and to participate fully in discussions.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will be taught through a mixture of illustrated talks and discussions, along with short problem-solving exercises as well as with internet based resources/media.
Peter (BSc Biology, PGCE Science, MSc Environment, BA Welsh & BA Open (mix of science and languages)) has been teaching adults Biology for more than 30 years at colleges and university including at Open university and Birkbeck. He has a strong interest in genetics and current developments in science. He has been teaching at city lit for almost 20 years including as a Welsh tutor. Having worked in the environmental field he had a particular interest in evolution and genetics. In the current lockdown he is keeping apace with developments in the science of coronavirus. Genetics has been become the central theme of modern biology and increasingly dominates medicine, agriculture and environmental science. Among Peters other interests is all things Welsh, he is a Welsh druid and is involved in Celtic societies, enjoys Backpacking the world and making use of his linguistic skills.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You might want to obtani a notepad and pen. There are no additional costs for the course.