Principles of Medical Genetics – MSCI 505

CG • Section 8WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 09/05/2023

Course Description

An introductory study of human genetic materials that emphasizes an understanding of their structures, functions, and transmission. It encompasses a range of concepts from the propagation of life to the molecular basis of human diseases.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


Genetic material, such as RNA or DNA, is a common feature of all living organisms. Understanding the structure, function, and transmission of these molecules is fundamental to an understanding of topics ranging from the propagation of life to the molecular basis of human diseases. This course adds to foundational concepts of genetics and focuses on the epigenetic contributions to human development and health.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Lecture Assignments (7)

The student will answer an essay style set of questions based on the Learn material within the module. There are a total of 7 written assignments based on the lectures given and assigned reading.

Poster Presentation Assignments (3)

Quiz: Poster Presentation: Article Check

The student will post their chosen epigenetic article for approval from the instructor.

Poster Presentation: e-Poster Assignment

The student will complete a PowerPoint presentation (e-Poster) based on a published epigenetic article.

Poster Presentation: Oral Assignment

The student will complete their e-Poster presentation by submitting a 12-minute audio recording explaining the article they have chosen and on which their e-Poster was made.

Quizzes (6)

The student will complete 6 quizzes based on the Learn material for the modules in which it is assigned. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes. The quizzes will contain true/false, multiple-choice, multiple answer, matching, and/or fill-in-the-blank questions. The quizzes will also have a 40-minute time limit.