About this Course
4.8
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Introduction to Genetics and Evolution is a college-level class being offered simultaneously to new students at Duke University. The course gives interested people a very basic overview of some principles behind these very fundamental areas of biology. We often hear about new "genome sequences," commercial kits that can tell you about your ancestry (including pre-human) from your DNA or disease predispositions, debates about the truth of evolution, why animals behave the way they do, and how people found "genetic evidence for natural selection." This course provides the basic biology you need to understand all of these issues better, tries to clarify some misconceptions, and tries to prepare students for future, more advanced coursework in Biology (and especially evolutionary genetics). No prior coursework is assumed....
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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Section
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20 minutes to complete

Welcome to Genetics and Evolution

General introduction to this MOOC, including coverage and expectations....
Reading
2 readings
Reading2 readings
Welcome to the Course10m
Course App and Readings10m
Clock
2 hours to complete

Evidence for Evolution

This module discusses the definition of the word "evolution" in a biological context, evidence for the truth of evolution and common ancestry of species, and public thoughts and misconceptions about biological evolution. This module is optional and will not be included in the course assessments. There are not class discussion forums for this section, as we feel such discussion can happen on other, non-course-related, sites on this topic (of which there are a great many on the internet)....
Reading
5 videos (Total 81 min), 1 reading
Video5 videos
Basic Principles and Evidence for Evolution (G)17m
Acceptance of Evolution (G)13m
Responding to Criticisms of Evolutionary Theory (G)12m
Interview with Jerry Coyne (G)30m
Reading1 reading
Supplemental Materials, Evidence for Evolution10m

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Section
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2 hours to complete

Genetics I

An introduction to basic transmission genetics and inheritance. This module reflects what is often covered in high school biology courses in the USA....
Reading
6 videos (Total 74 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
Video6 videos
Inheritance (G)11m
Genetic Scales (S)11m
Mitosis, Meiosis, and Ploidy (S)8m
Basic Single-Gene Inheritance (G)15m
X-Linked Inheritance and Independent Assortment (S)16m
Reading1 reading
Supplemental Materials, Genetics I10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Genetics Problem Set 112m
Genetics I Quiz20m

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Section
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2 hours to complete

Genetics II

This module delves somewhat more deeply into genetics and specifically the concept of "recombination." It begins to discuss how recombination is leveraged in classic genetic works as well as mapping simple genetic traits using crosses or data from natural populations. ...
Reading
7 videos (Total 97 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
Video7 videos
Calculation of Recombination Distance (S)15m
Generating a Gene Map (S)11m
Bonus Video: A More Challenging Problem (S)9m
Genetic Mapping (S)11m
Mapping Traits Relative to Markers in a Cross (S)11m
Mapping Traits Relative to Markers in a Population (S)21m
Reading1 reading
Supplemental Materials, Genetics II10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Genetics Problem Set 222m
Genetics II Quiz20m

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2 hours to complete

Genetics III

This module delves even more deeply into the complexities of the genetics underlying traits,the origin of genetic variation, and how "complex" traits (ones controlled by multiple genes) are studied genetically....
Reading
6 videos (Total 75 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
Video6 videos
Shortcomings of the Single Gene Model (G)19m
Mutation Rates (S)10m
Mapping Complex Traits (S)11m
Complex Traits in Crosses (S)9m
Genome-wide Association Studies (S)12m
Reading1 reading
Supplemental Materials, Genetics III10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Genetics Problem Set 316m
Genetics III Quiz20m
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Top Reviews

By YHJul 4th 2017

The course is really interesting! I love the way the professor demonstrate genetics theories by countless examples and evidence. And those questions about debates in genetics are thought-provoking!

By TNSep 28th 2017

Very good course that prepared me for Genetics at Pima Community College in Tucson. I am able to follow the lectures and actually understand what is being presented. I am glad I took this course.

Instructor

Dr. Mohamed Noor

Earl D. McLean Professor and Chair,
Biology

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