10 October - 11 November 2022 (Online)
Live online sessions: 14, 28 October & 4 November 2022

Course details

  • Duration: 5 weeks
  • Live online sessions: 
    - 14 Oct 2022: 8:00 - 8:45am
    - 28 Oct 2022: 8:30 - 9:30am
    - 4 Nov 2022: 9:00 - 11:00am
  • Fees: £400
  • Venue: Online
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This short course provides you with basic genomic science knowledge, including genomic architecture, regulatory systems, genetic variation, function and how this impacts upon disease processes and clinical outcomes.

The course will address:

  • genomic architecture (particularly functional genomic units in eukaryotes and prokaryotes),
  • principles of gene regulation, chromatin structure, and DNA variation

Commonly used methodologies to annotate variation in human populations will be developed, with reference to human disease states.  This course will emphasise how genomic medicine can be utilised to elucidate disease mechanisms and biology, and develop the concept of stratified medicine.  You will also learn how to use specific investigative approaches to correlate genetic markers to simple (dichotomous) and continuous (quantitative trait) phenotypic distributions.

The course is part of a range of short courses spread throughout the academic year which are available both to students who are enrolled on the MSc Applied Paediatrics course and as stand-alone CPD accredited programmes for all healthcare professionals.

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Learning outcomes

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Categorise using the internationally recognised guidelines for gene nomenclature, the core elements of genome architecture across human populations, incorporating properties of DNA, gene expression, and epigenetic modifications and imprinting.
  • Interpret variation in genome structure and sequence in the context of physiological function and disease.
  • Critically evaluate policy towards the aggregation of clinical and genomics data within NHS ethical and governance frameworks, and within the wider life sciences and healthcare industry sector.

Who should attend?

This course will benefit paediatricians, GPs, nurses, therapists, and other healthcare professionals involved in Child Health.

As the course is a multi-professional programme, students will develop an understanding of how their own individual behaviours, and those of the teams within which they work, can have a significant influence on the quality of care delivered.

Course structure

This fully online course is run over 5 consecutive weeks and you are expected to conduct 7 - 10 hours per week of guided and self-directed asynchronous learning, which also incorporates group work online. There are also planned synchronous sessions during the module to discuss ideas, present group and individual work and to facilitate further learning.

The course consists of several synchronous sessions on a video-conferencing platform, where you will experience active learning, as well as weekly online tasks and related activities for you to complete individually or in small groups. These learning tasks will cover the cutting edge of issues in paediatric infectious disease. This is supported by case-based learning and practical guidance.  

The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) hosts guidance and support with resources and tasks that you can study at your own pace within the suggested parameters. The VLE supports your academic journey and helps you to connect with other students for networking, community building and active co-construction of your learning.

Live online sessions

The course consists of several synchronous sessions on a video-conferencing platform held on the following dates:

Friday, 14 October 2022: 08:00- 08:45

Friday, 28 October 2022: 08:30-09:30

Friday, 28 November 2022: 09:00-11:00

Optional assessment

Participants have the option of completing an assessment component and on completion will be provided with an official Imperial College London transcript of results. Details of the assessment and deadline for submission will be given during the course. Please note that there is an additional assessment fee payable in full prior to the submission date. Please contact us for further information.