The University Of British Columbia MOOC on Genetics

Students who have basic knowledge of biology and have curiosity about the scientific study behind their appearance should opt this course on Genetics. The University Of British Columbia is offering free online course, ‘Useful Genetics Part 1: How Our Genes Shape Us’. Genes play an important role in shaping our physical appearance. The course will start from September 9, 2015.

Course Details In Brief

Level: Introductory
Length:  7 weeks
Effort: 6-8 hours pw
Subject: English
Institution: The University Of British Columbia with edX
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes
Session: Starts September 9, 2015

Why Choose Harvard University MOOC? 

The above course is free of cost. University of British Columbia course can be audited free or students can choose to receive a verified certificate for a small fee of $50. The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the 40 best universities in the world. Since 1915, UBC’s West Coast spirit has embraced innovation and challenged the status quo. Its entrepreneurial perspective encourages students, staff and faculty to challenge convention, lead discovery and explore new ways of learning. At UBC, bold thinking is given a place to develop into ideas that can change the world.

Course Introduction 

Genetics permeates every aspect of the 21st century, from our doctors’ offices to our judicial systems. By the end of this course, you’ll be well prepared to deal with both today’s genetic issues and new questions that are sure to arise in the future.

This challenging but very rewarding course focuses on the genetics issues that impact our health and well-being, while providing the same rigorous examination of genetics principles as a college genetics course.

The course is taught in two parts. Part 1 consists of 6 weekly modules followed by a final exam week.  You’ll learn how genes work and how the different versions we inherit affect our daily lives and our society.  You’ll learn to evaluate predictions about health risk, why DNA fingerprinting is so powerful, and what analysis of your DNA does and doesn’t reveal.

 You Will Learn

By the end of the course, you will have knowledge of
-Why our DNAs are so similar but our appearances are so different
-How DNA differences affect gene functions
-What personal genomics can and can’t tell us
-Why cancer is usually caused by bad luck rather than bad decisions
-How to analyze your ancestry, even back to the Neanderthals
-How to communicate what you’ve learned to your family and community

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