Online course

How Does the Body Use DNA as a Blueprint?

Get an introduction to the basics of molecular biology, and how DNA code works.

This course is part of the Understanding the Body program, which will enable you to develop your knowledge of the human body and earn 10 credits from the University of Aberdeen.

Find out how the body repairs and regulates itself

Every part of the body is made according to a code that is carried in the body’s cells.

This code is called DNA, and knowing how it works is fundamental to understanding how the body regulates itself throughout our lives.

On this course, you’ll get an introduction to the basics of molecular biology, and how DNA code works inside the human body.

You’ll find out what DNA code represents, how it creates proteins inside the body, and what key molecules are involved.

You’ll learn how molecules communicate and interact with each other inside the body.

What topics will you cover?

  • What are the key molecules involved in molecular biology?
  • The role of reproduction in producing an individual’s DNA code
  • What does the DNA code represent?
  • Using the DNA code to create proteins
  • How do molecules within the body communicate with one another?

When would you like to start?

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  • Available now
    This course started 25 March 2019

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Summarise the structure and relevance of DNA
  • Describe the processes involved in reproduction at a molecular level that result in an individual’s DNA
  • Describe the key molecules involved in protein synthesis
  • Explain and compare the different stages of protein synthesis
  • Summarise the key principles involved in molecular signalling

Who is the course for?

This course is aimed at anyone interested in molecular biology and how DNA code works. Existing knowledge of components of the body is not essential but you may find it useful to complete What is the Body? first if you are completely new to biology.

Who will you learn with?

Lynsey Christie

I'm a Teaching Fellow at the University of Aberdeen's Institute of Applied Health Sciences, specialising in nutrition. I have a particular interest in developing courses for online learning.

Kirsty Kiezebrink

I am a senior lecturer with the University of Aberdeen. My main areas of interest are research methods and postgraduate skills development. I have a particular interest in online learning.

Who developed the course?

University of Aberdeen is the 3rd oldest Scottish and 5th oldest UK University. With 14500 students from 120 countries, it is a world leader in medical research, energy, environment, law and business.

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