Genetranscription and Control Mechanims

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Course Code: 
CRS 7120
Course Credit Units: 
Semester 1
Year of Study: 
Year 1
Undergraduate or Graduate Level: 
Graduate Level
Course Discipline: 
Course Description & Objectives: 

Students undertaking this course will be introduced to advances in cell biology with particular focus on gene transcription a phenomenon that has received increased attention today form both evolutionary and life sciences in general. Areas to be covered include: Introduction gene expression- RNA polymerases; Gene regulatory elements- promoters, enhancers response elements, silencers etc; Transcription mechanisms in prokaryotes; Transcription mechanisms in Eukaryotes, Histone acetylation and DNA methylation; Transcription factors; Regulation of transcription factors; Transcription of RNA genes and genomic replication of viruses.

Learning Outcomes: 

General objective / aimThe general aim of this course is to equip students with knowledge and skills of the important role of transcription in biological and evolutionary processes such as growth, development and ability to respond to environmental circumstances. Specific objectives

  1. To equip MSc. Crop science (Biotechnology Option) with knowledge on transcription and gene regulation and how this relates to physiology 
  2. To introduce students modern analytical approaches where the transcriptom is used as an analytical tool for both evolutionary and physiological functions in life sciences


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