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Human Genetics

Code: LPSI105     Acronym: GH

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Behavior Biology

Instance: 2021/2022 - 1S

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Psychology
Course/CS Responsible: First degree in Psychology

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
PSIC 263 Official Curricular Structure 1 - 3 27 81

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Vasco Manuel Leal Martins de Almeida

Teaching - Hours

Theoretical and practical : 2,00
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Theoretical and practical Totals 1 2,00
Vasco Manuel Leal Martins de Almeida 2,00

Teaching language

Suitable for English-speaking students


Enable students with basic concepts and methodologies of analysis in Human Formal, Population, Cytogenetics, Molecular Genetics and its applications in the field of psychology. It is expected that the acquired conceptual background and analytical skills will be helpful in the fields of applied psychology, teaching, research and others with more applied purposes.

Learning outcomes and competences

It is intended to provide students with the basics of the different areas of human genetics that allow the future professional to work in situations involving psychological matter pathologies transmitted genetically.

Working method



Formal Genetics
Mendelian theory of heredity.
Intra-allelic Interactions: dominance, recessivity, codominance
Phenotypic expression and gene interactions
Penetrance and expressivity
Lethal genes. Epistasy. Pleiotropy.
Transmission patterns: homogametic and heterogametic systems
Extra-nuclear genomes: mitochondrial DNA
 Population Genetics
Concept of population. Estimating gene frequencies by direct counting.
Hardy-Weinberg Principle. Applicability conditions. Autosomal and heterosomal loci
Chromosome theory of heredity
Chromatin and chromosome structure
Chromosomal mutation (numeric and structural)    
Biochemical genetics
Inborn errors of metabolism
Metabolic chains: epi and hypostasis
Collinearity between gene and protein
Molecular Genetics 
Mutation at gene level
Coordination of differentiation gene expression
Molecular markers
Genetics in psychology
Mental retardation: metabolic errors and chromosomal anomalies.
Behavior genetic analysis.
Genetic counseling

Mandatory literature

GRIFFITHS AJF, MILLER JH, SUZUKI DT, LEWONTIN RC, GELBART WM; An introduction to genetic analysis, W.H. Freeman , 2007. ISBN: 0-19-530761-5
MOTTA PA ; Genética humana aplicada a psicologia e toda a área biomédica, Guanabara Koogan, 2005. ISBN: 8527709600

Complementary Bibliography

JOBLING M, HURLES M, TYLER-SMITH, C. ; JOBLING M, HURLE Human evolutionary genetics: Origins, Peoples and Disease, Garland Science.. ISBN: 9780815341857
LEWIS R ; Human genetics: concepts and applications. 9th ed, McGRAW-HILL, 2009. ISBN: 978-0-07-352527-3
MOTTA PA ; Genética em psicologia., Guanabara Koogan, 1993
PLOMIN R, DEFRIES JC, MCCLEARN GE, MCGUFFIN P; Behavioral Genetics (5th ed.), New York.Worth Publishers, 2011
REGATEIRO FJ ; Manual de genética médica, Imprensa da Universidade de Coimbra, 2003. ISBN: 972-8704-12-7

Teaching methods and learning activities

Theoretical-practical exposure and resolution / discussion of standard situations.

Evaluation Type

Evaluation with final exam

Assessment Components

designation Weight (%)
Exame 100,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

designation Time (hours)
Estudo autónomo 53,00
Frequência das aulas 28,00
Total: 81,00

Eligibility for exams

The attendance of classes is advisable, although not obligatory due to logistical difficulties.
Once present, students should be active in class, contributing to their good functioning.

Calculation formula of final grade

In the final exam, the student must achieve a minimum score of 10 points to pass.

Classification improvement

It involves conducting further examination once, until the time of the subsequent school year the feature that in which the student has and use that UC has provided examination.
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