Genetic Applications

Learn how genetics can be applied to animal, plant industries and health sciences. Understand techniques and technologies for genetic applications including plant and animal management and breeding.

Course CodeBSC308
Fee CodeS3
Duration (approx)100 hours
QualificationStatement of Attainment

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Explore how Genetics can be Applied to Different Industries

Genetics can be applied to the following industries:

  • Horticulture
  • Health Sciences
  • Agriculture
  • Animal Sciences
  • Environmental Management

Our ever increasing knowledge of genetics continues to change how we understand and tackle so many of the issues that confront us across all of these  areas. Our understanding of life science has been changed, and from that change we have developed a plethora of techniques and technologies to tackle problems  that vary from breeding plants and animals, to managing disease and environmental health.

Who is this Course for?

This course is a natural progression from our Genetics course. Genetics BSC207 will provide you with an understanding of theoretical genetics. This course builds on that understanding by broadening your awareness of where and how genetics is applied to real world problems in today's world. For anyone who deals with industries built on life sciences, this course has the potential to broaden the way in which you see and understand issues in your workplace.

This course has value as a professional development course for science innovators, plant and animal breeders, health and environmental management scientists, and others.

Lesson Structure

There are 10 lessons in this course:

  1. Inheritance Patterns and Non-Mendelian Genetics
    • Mendelian genetics
    • Mendel’s law of inheritance
    • Non- Mendelian genetics and inheritance patterns
    • Multiple allele traits
    • Codominance
    • Incomplete dominance
    • Pleiotropy
    • Inheritance tools
    • Pedigree
  2. Genetic Foundations
    • Nucleic acids
    • Structure of DNA
    • Genomic DNA
    • Genomic libraries
    • Complementary DNA
    • Generating cDNA libraries
    • Autosomal DNA
    • Mitochondrial DNA
    • Structure of mRNA
  3. Genetic Technologies
    • ELISA (enzyme linked immunosorbent assay)
    • Microarrays
    • Application of microarray
    • PCR (polymer chain reaction)
    • Gel Electrophoresis
    • Types of PCR
    • DNA sequencing technologies
    • Application of PCR and DNA sequencing technology
    • Bioinformatics
  4. Complex Genetic Inheritance
    • Polygenic inheritance
    • Gene conversion
    • Epistasis
    • Cytoplasmic inheritance
    • Infectious Heredity
    • Mosaicism
    • Sex- linked inheritance
  5. Epigenetics
    • Introduction
    • Histone modification
    • DNA methylation
    • MicroRNA
  6. Genetic Modification (Genetic Engineering)
    • Introduction
    • Gene editing
    • Genetic Recombination
    • CRISPR-Cas9
    • Cloning
    • Mutagenesis
    • Horticultural application of mutagenesis
  7. Genome Editing and Ethical Considerations
    • Introduction
    • Somatic vs Germline gene editing
    • Ethical considerations
  8. Genomics and Crop Development
    • Introduction
    • Uses of genetic technology in agriculture
    • Genetically modified plants
    • Types of genetic modification
    • Benefits of GM crops
    • Examples of different GM crops
  9. Genomics and Livestock Development
    • Genomics in livestock
    • Heritability
    • Trait selection
    • Cloning
    • Transgenic Animals
    • Other animal genomic programs
  10. Genomics and Human Health

Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.


  • Review the basics of Mendelian genetics. Explain several non-Mendelian inheritance patterns and how they affect inheritance in plants and animals.
  • Explain the basic structure of DNA and mRNA and common methods laboratory methods.
  • Explain modern genetic technologies used to investigate DNA.
  • Explain more complex forms of genetic inheritance, including polygenic inheritance, gene conversion, infectious heredity, and epistasis and how they affect plants, and in some cases, human health.
  • Explain the basic concepts of epigenetics and discuss applications for epigenetics.
  • To explain genetic modification and highlight the methods by which this can be achieved.
  • To discuss the ethical consideration of gene editing.
  • To explain the use of genomics in crops.
  • To explain the applications of genomics in animals.
  • To explain the applications of genetic technologies in human health.


This course can help you expand on a fundamental knowledge of Genetics and grow your awareness of applications for genetics and genomics in real world. Learn techniques used in genetic and genomics research, with coverage of genotyping, gene cloning, genome editing, engineering, and phenotyping and more.
It provides a comprehensive coverage of the rapidly developing field of genetic application.
What will you be able to do when you finish this course?
When you finish this course you will understand how the recent developments in genetics that could impact agriculture, medicine, human health and food and crop production. If you work in any of these areas, this course will help you stay on top of any new developments, improve decision making and will also increase your knowledge of this area immensely. What makes this course a great choice?
This course is ideal for anyone who would like to understand more about genetics, studying in your own time, at your own paces, whilst being supported by your tutor along the way. 

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