School of Biological and Chemical Sciences

Evolution of the Human Mind

Module code: PSY327

Credits: 15.0
Semester: SEM2

  • Semester 2: Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12: Tuesday 2 pm - 4 pm

Contact: Dr Nathan Emery
Overlap: None
Prerequisite: None

Pre-requisites: any 2nd-year genetics module. In this module you will be introduced to strategies and methods for identifying the molecular genetic basis and biochemical consequences of inherited human disorders, especially those related to metabolic deficiencies. You will also learn approaches in population genetics, in particular how linkage disequilibrium (LD) is used to identify loci associated with human disease. You will learn to appreciate quantitative traits in humans and the use of regression and heritability estimates to infer the genetic basis of human disease and other important traits. These topics will be drawn together in the interpretation of molecular data to obtain evidence of the action of natural selection and for a better understanding of metabolic diseases.

Connected course(s): UDF DATA
Assessment: 75.0% Examination, 25.0% Coursework
Level: 6