Fundamentals Genetics


Genetics is a field brimming with new discoveries. Genetics can have a significant impact on our world by mapping the human genome, conducting genetic testing, and discovering new vaccines, to name a few examples. This course takes you through a step-by-step introduction to genetics, starting with the fundamentals and progressing to more advanced topics like molecular biology, gene mapping and screening, and reverse and forward genetic research. You will learn about the architecture of the human genome, including both coding and non-coding elements, as well as gene expression regulation. The nature of genetic variation within the human genome, how it arises, and how it contributes to human disease will then be explored by students. The role of genomics in a care pathway will be discussed, as well as the principles and practice of medical genetics, as well as the management and treatment of prepends and their families, human disorders’ modes of inheritance and clinical manifestations will be discussed too. You’ll learn about what we know about genes and how we use genetic research to learn more about basic biology. You will be given a basic overview of exome, genome, and gene panel sequencing, as well as their clinical applications. To promote a wide range of skills and accommodate the group’s various learning styles, a variety of learning and teaching methods will be used. This course will lay the groundwork for success in the program’s subsequent courses.


Course content

  • Pedigree analysis in determining Mendelian genetics.
  • Genetic recombination, mutation, and selection.
  • Assessment of the impact of genetic variants on clinical phenotype using genome browsers, genome variant databases, and in silico tools.
  • Tracing maternal ancestry.
  • Regulation of gene expression, including alternative splicing, epigenetics and imprinting.
  • Reverse and forward genetics.
  • Genetic mapping and screening.
  • The structure and function of coding and non-coding elements of the human genome.
  • Biotechnology and gene therapy.
  • The nature of genetic variation within the human genome and mechanisms through which variation arises.
  • The functional impact of specific genetic variants, with a focus on their contribution to human disease.
  • Modes of inheritance for clinical manifestation of human variation.

Who this course is for

The course is suitable for anyone with a general interest in the science. No previous knowledge or experience is required.


Everyone who is interested in genetics and wants to learn more about how our genes function. It is essential that the following groups study it:


  • Life sciences students
  • Medical students
  • Geneticist
  • Immunologist
  • Genetic technologist
  • Cytogeneticist
  • MLSO (Medical Laboratory Scientific Officer)
  • Clinical researcher, etc.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, you should be able to:


  • Understand genes, chromosomes, and genome structure and function.
  • Explain how the transmission of traits from one generation to the next happens.
  • Recognize the fundamental principles of molecular biology.
  • Analyze the protein function, gene regulation, and inherited disease using genetic methods.
  • Using model organisms for genetic research, both existing and emerging.
  • Identify and investigate current challenges in human genomics research and clinical practice.
  • Interpret differences in the structure and sequence of the human genome across human populations, as well as in common and rare diseases and cancers.
  • Extract information relevant to the interpretation of genomic variation from genome browsers and genome variant databases.
  • Examine the various genetic mechanisms of pathogenicity.
  • Examine the role of epigenetic modifications, imprinting, and chromatin conformation in common and rare diseases, as well as cancer.
  • In the clinical setting, critically evaluate the use of modern and traditional techniques for interrogating genomic variation.

Unforeseen circumstances

If the course has to be cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, we’ll endeavor to give you as much notice as possible and you’ll receive a full refund for the course cost.


You’ll receive a certificate at the end of your course.

Further information

If you have any questions about the course you can email at

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