Bachelor's degree in Speech and Language Therapy (to qualify as a speech and language therapist)

Biological and biochemical sciences - GENETICA MEDICA

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Name of lecturer
Alberto Turco
Number of ECTS credits allocated
Academic sector
Language of instruction
LOGO 1A1S dal Oct 1, 2019 al Nov 22, 2019.

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Learning outcomes

The Course will aim at giving the basics of human and medical genetics, in order to be able to understand the principles of transmission of normal and abnormal inherited traits, as well as the development of inherited biological variation. At the end of the course the student should be able
- to draw a human pedigree
- to distinguish the various types of mendelian inheritance
- to estimate the genetic recurrence risks of mendelian and complex disorders
- to understand and interpret normal and abnormal human karyotypes
- to understand the ethical, social and medical issues relating to prenatal genetic testing.


Human genetics and epigenetics.
Pedigrees. Mendelian inheritance of human traits. Genetics of hearing loss. Non traditional (non mendelian) inheritance.Genetic Imprinting, Uniparental disomy. Triplet expansion disease

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Solomon, Martin, Martin, Berg Elementi di Biologia (Edizione 7) EdiSES 2017 978-88-7959-938-2
Sadava et al. Elementi di Biologia e genetica Bologna, Zanichelli 2014

Assessment methods and criteria

In order to pass the exam, students should demonstrate to have learned the necessary knowledges listed in the programme, to demonstrate skills in exposing their arguments in a critical and precise way, using an appropriate scientific language.
The Medical Genetics exam consists of a mutiple choice written test questions, open questions and exercises: 13 multiple choice questions, 5 answers (two points each), and two short open questions. The exam is passed if the score is equal to or greater than 18/30. The positive score is considered valid throughout the academic year. Six exams are planned yearly: two in Winter, 2 in Summer and 2 in Autumn.

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