GENE40070 Genetic Basis of Behaviour

Academic Year 2024/2025

This module covers advanced aspects of the genetic control of behaviour in selected organisms. Topics will include a discussion of the chromosomal determination of gender from micro-organisms to man. The evolution of sex-determining genes, and sex chromosomes, will be explored. Aspects of the regulation of sexual behaviour will be discussed. Likely mechanisms of gene-environment interaction in control of behavioural traits (such as aggression and nurturing) will be examined. Content will be delivered face-to-face where possible and online where necessary. It is recommended that students have taken GENE30030 Genetic Basis of Disease, or modules with similar learning outcomes, and that the module is taken together with GENE40050 Human Genetics and Disease.

Show/hide contentOpenClose All

Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Develop essay-writing skills
Learn to evaluate published literature in the field of behaviour and genetics
Learn to evaluate scientific evidence underpinning the genetic association with behaviour.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures and critical writing. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Exam (In-person): Timed 2 hour exam, essay type n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Assignment(Including Essay): Specific topic assigned for evaluation n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Individual feedback provided on essay.

Name Role
Professor Keith Murphy Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Niamh O'Sullivan Lecturer / Co-Lecturer