Patterns of Inheritance: A Brief Overview
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Patterns of Inheritance: A Brief Overview

Learn the basics of how traits are passed from one generation to the next!
4.3 (24 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
2,184 students enrolled
Created by Marlee Clark
Last updated 6/2015
English
Price: Free
Includes:
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Identify Gregor Mendel and describe how he became known as the “Father of Genetics”
  • Explain how genes are passed from one generation to the next.
  • Compare and contrast dominant and recessive traits and how recessive traits can be masked
  • Demonstrate how to complete a Punnett Square for monohybrid and dihybrid crosses
  • Complete Punnett squares in order to predict the phenotypes and genotypes of offspring
  • Describe the importance of pedigrees when tracking X-Linked genes through families
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Requirements
  • Since this is an overview courses, no prior knowledge is needed. However, students should have an interest in genetics,
Description

This is the complete Patterns of Inheritance course, including videos and quizzes. This course is designed for you to gain a basic understanding of genetics and be able to predict outcomes of genetic crosses. Genetics plays the biggest role about why you are you, but do you really understand patterns of inheritance? This course will help you to better understand the basics of genetics as you learn the following concepts:

  • Gregor Mendel and how he became known as the “Father of Genetics”
  • Mendel's experiments that lead to a greater understanding of how genes are passed on from one generation to the next.
  • The differences between dominant and recessive traits and how recessive traits can be masked
  • The various types of genotypes including homozygous dominant, heterozygous, and homozygous recessive
  • How to complete a Punnett Square for monohybrid and dihybrid crosses
  • How to predict the phenotypes and genotypes of offspring from monohybrid and dihybrid crosses
  • The importance of pedigrees when tracking X-Linked genes through families

I've written this course to help you gain a better understanding of how genes are passed from one generation to the next. Genes affect everyone, whether they understand it or not and it's important to have at least a basic understanding to better understand yourself and your potential offspring.

This course covers the following topics; 1. Gregor Mendel, 2. Mendel and the Idea of Alleles, 3. Inheritance of Alleles, 4. Punnett Squares, and 5. X-Linked Inheritance.

By following each lecture, you will be gaining a better understanding of the current knowledge base of how genes are passed from one generation to the next. It will also help you gain a better grasp upon some of your own traits, as well as the traits future offspring could have.

I've used my experience as a high school Biology teachers to create a high quality learning experience for students, while sticking to the basic material to provide support for learners who are new to the material.

How to Use the Course

I've recorded five lectures that cover the basic concepts needed to understand patterns of inheritance. I've also created three short quizzes for you to check your understanding of various concepts. Each lecture is kept short, but plenty of information is included.

It may be necessary for you to watch videos several times in order to feel confident enough to take each quiz, but that is perfectly fine! Feel free to pause videos, or come back to them later if you don't have enough time to finish it right away. Each student it going to learn in a different way, at their own unique pace. I've also provided learning objectives before each lecture and quiz, so you know what to expect each and every time.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is meant for a person who has limited experience in the study of genetics, and may need extra reinforcement on a variety of ideas. Anyone who wants to gain a better understanding of their own traits, or the traits of their offspring would benefit from taking this course. This course would not be beneficial for people who already have a vast knowledge of genetics, as this course is meant to cover the basics.
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Gregor Mendel - The Father of Genetics
2 Lectures 12:06

This short video will be an introduction to the Father of Genetics, Gregor Mendel. Mendel was an Austrian monk who made great discoveries in the field of genetics by using simple pea plants. Even though his experiments were conducted decades ago, his methods and results still hold true today.

Gregor Mendel
04:48

The second video lecture in this series will focus on Mendel's study of pea plants. Mendel was able to disprove the Blending theory, that assumed all offspring was a simple blend of previous traits, and old traits could not be brought up. There will also be a short discussion on the difference between genes and alleles.

Mendel and the Idea of Alleles
07:18
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Inheritance of Alleles
1 Lecture 09:59

This video will provide a description of the differences in dominant and recessive traits. There will also be an explanation of how two genes come together to create a trait. Those traits can then be homozygous dominant, heterozygous, or homozygous recessive. From those genotypes, or genetic makeups, a person can also figure out the phenotypes of those items, which are what the trait actually looks like.

Inheritance of Alleles
09:59

This short quiz will be testing your knowedge and understanding of the differences between traits that are homozygous dominant, heterozygous, homozygous recessive.

Homozyogous vs Heterozygous
3 questions
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Punnett Square Practice
1 Lecture 13:02

This video will help you gain an understanding of the basic use and application of monohybrid and dihyrbrid crosses. You will be going through examples of both kinds of crosses and how to calculate the phenotypic and genotypic ratios of each.

Punnett Square Practice
13:02

This quiz will test your knowledge and understanding of monohybrid crosses.

Monhybrid crosses
3 questions

This quiz will test your knowledge and understanding of dihybrid crosses.

Dihybrid Crosses
2 questions
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X-Linked Inheritance
1 Lecture 13:14
X-Linked Inheritance
13:14
About the Instructor
Marlee Clark
4.3 Average rating
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Science Teacher

I've been a high school Science teacher for two years now. I teach a general Science course for my ninth grade students and I also teach Biology for tenth grade students. I'm very excited to also be taking on Chemistry next year! I have been transitioning most of my classes to a blended learning classroom with video lectures. This has allowed me to integrate more hands-on activities and labs into my daily routine.