Study programmes / C-FT Chemistry and Food Technology / Genetics Z
Course code:GENZ
Course title in language of instruction:Genetika Z
Course title in Czech:Genetika Z
Course title in English:Genetics Z
Mode of completion and number of credits:Exam (5 credits)
(1 ECTS credit = 28 hours of workload)
Mode of delivery/Timetabled classes:full-time, 2/2
(full-time, hours of lectures per week / hours of seminars per week)
Language of instruction:Czech
Level of course:bachelor
Semester:SS 2018/2019 - FA
Name of lecturer:prof. RNDr. Aleš Knoll, Ph.D. (examiner, instructor, lecturer, supervisor, tutor)
Ing. Anna Kubešová (instructor)
prof. Ing. Tomáš Urban, Ph.D. (examiner, instructor, lecturer, tutor)
Aims of the course:1) Achieve mastery of basic knowledge and understanding of the principles and processes of genetics, genetic variability and gene function with a focus on zootechnical use.
2) To gain knowledge and skills of basic methods and techniques of molecular genetics and their applications in animals and food.
3) Obtain the intellectual skills to support the implementation of genetics and genomics to biotechnological innovation processes and methods of improvement, as a factor of competitive advantage in the EU.
4) Promote the development of individual creative work.
Course contents:
1.Genetics and its importance (allowance 2/2)
2.What are genes and what they do (allowance 2/2)
3.Variability, diversity and uniqueness of biological information (allowance 2/2)
4.Applied methods of molecular genetics (allowance 2/2)
5.Forms of inheritance in classical genetics (allowance 2/2)
6.Chromosomal basis of inheritance and gene linkage (allowance 2/2)
7.Genetic analysis of variation in populations (allowance 2/2)
8.Genetic basis of breeding - breeding value, MAS and genomic selection, SNP and identification of parenting (allowance 2/2)
9.Genetics of cattle and pigs (allowance 2/2)
10.Genetics of horses and companion animals (allowance 2/2)
11.Food safety, GMO, animal cloning (allowance 2/2)
12.Human genetics (allowance 2/2)
13.Seminar - presentation of extra activities in the subject of genetics (allowance 0/6)

Learning outcomes and competences:
Generic competences:
-ability to apply knowledge
-capacity to learn
-general knowledge
-skilled at utilizing and processing information

Specific competences:
-A capability to apply basic genetic knowledge when improving biological level of animal husbandry
-Knowledge and skills to support the implementation of genetics and genomics to biotechnology innovation and breeding methods
-Knowledge of principles of genetics on molecular level
-Knowledge of principles of population genetics and quantitative traits and their applications in animal breeding
-Knowledge of the principles and processes of genetics, genetics variability and gene function
-Skill of basic molecular genetic techniques and their application

Type of course unit:optional
Year of study:Not applicable - the subject could be chosen at anytime during the course of the programme.
Work placement:There is no compulsory work placement in the course unit.
Recommended study modules:none
Assessment methods:Credit: e-Learning Test (3b.), 2 tests (12 and 30 points), laboratory protocol (5 points). (Total 50b).
1) in writing, ability to verify the implementation of individual knowledge into practical applications of synthesis (25 points),
2) oral, verifying the ability of interpretation and verbal discussion on the topic (25 points).
Learning activities and study load (hours of study load)
Type of teaching methodDaily attendance
Direct teaching
     lecture28 h
     practice25 h
     seminar4 h
     laboratory work4 h
     preparation for exam42 h
     preparation for regular testing15 h
     preparation of presentation5 h
     elaboration of reports2 h
     writing of seminar paper15 h
Total140 h

Basic reading list
  • BEDNÁŘ, J. -- KUCIEL, J. -- VYHNÁNEK, T. Genetika. 1st ed. Brno: Mendelova zemědělská a lesnická univerzita v Brně, 2005. 148 p. ISBN 80-7157-862-2.
  • SNUSTAD , D P. -- SIMMONS , M J. Genetika. Brno: Nakladatelství Masarykovy univerzity, 2009. 894 p. ISBN 978-80-210-4852-2.
  • URBAN, T. -- VYHNÁNEK, T. -- KNOLL, A. -- DVOŘÁK, J. Genetika (Návody do cvičení). Brno: MZLU v Brně, 2004. 108 p. ISBN 80-7157-497-X.
Recommended reading list
  • OREL, V. Gregor Mendel a počátky genetiky. 1st ed. Praha: Academia, 2003. 240 p. ISBN 80-200-1082-3.
  • KUCIEL, J. -- URBAN, T. J. G. Mendel, jeho hybridizační objevy a jejich význam. 1st ed. Brno: Mendelova zemědělská a lesnická univerzita v Brně, 2009. 76 p. ISBN 978-80-7375-272-9.
  • URBAN, T. -- VYHNÁNEK, T. Virtuální svět genetiky 1. Brno: MZLU v Brně, 2006. 138 p. CD-ROM. ISBN 80-7157-613-1.
  • URBAN, T. Virtuální svět genetiky 2 - principy molekulární genetiky.  [online]. 2007. URL:
  • WEB e-Learningu genetiky ústavu ÚMFGZ MENDELU -
  • WEB Laboratoře Aplikované Molekulární Genetiky MENDELU –