1. BSc course: Essential genomics for veterinarians and the animal sciences

Introduction - "Contrat pédagogique"

“Essential genomics for veterinarians and the animal sciences” provides a general introduction to the field of genomics applied to domestic animals.

The course comprises a total of eight sections corresponding respectively to:

  1. Prerequisites I: Fundamentals in molecular biology of the gene
  2. Prerequisites II: Fundamentals in genetics
  3. Chapter I: Reference genomes
  4. Chapter II: Individual genomes
  5. Chapter III: Individual phenomes
  6. Chapter IV: Genetic dissection of the functional circuitry
  7. Prerequisites III: Fundamentals of animal selection
  8. Chapter V: Applied animal genomics

The first 4 ½ sections will be given to the veterinary students in their second bachelors year.  The remaining 3 ½ sections will be given to the veterinary students in their first masters year.

The subject matter of the course corresponds to the full content of the textbook that can be downloaded from GIGAUAG - Teaching as well as from ULiège’s eCampus website.  As additional support, the students will have access (through the same web-pages) to copies of the slides that are used by the teacher during the ex-cathedra courses.  These slides correspond to a large extent to the figures and tables of the textbook.  Slides will be made as the course progresses.  Updates of the lecture notes will be made available as the course progresses.

The bachelors course comprises 28 hours of theoretical “ex cathedra” courses (Prerequistes I&II: 6 hours; Chapter I: 8 hours; Chapter II: 8 hours; Chapter IIIA: 4 hours; 2 hours of buffer time), as well as 10 hours of practicals.  During the practicals, the students will be given extra material (f.i. videos) to better understand the theory, multiple choice questions (MCQ) that probe their understanding of the theory, as well as problems pertaining to sections 1 to 4 ½ of the course.  They will work under supervision of one or more teaching assistants.

The exams will consist of theoretical questions as well as problems of the same kind (but not identical) as those worked on during the practicals.  The format of the examination will be via MCQ.  The scoring system provides positive points for correct answers, negative points for incorrect answers, with expected outcome of 0/20 in case of purely random responses.  “Coefficient of certainty” will not be used.

The objective of the BSc course is for the students to acquire a decent understanding of fundamental concepts in molecular biology of the gene, animal genetics, and animal genomics (including population and evolutionary genomics). These are needed to subsequently acquire a good understanding of the major applications of these disciplines in the fields of veterinary and animal sciences (MSc course).   The course covers notions in both medical and agricultural genomics. The impact of these disciplines in veterinary medicine is steadily increasing.  Having solid foundations in these disciplines will increasingly be required from veterinarians and to qualify for managerial positions in industry.

The course emphasizes understanding of concepts rather than remembering facts.  It involves the understanding and use of basic mathematical notions in probability, statistics and algebra.

As the course progresses, the students will be given the opportunity to provide feedback to the teachers about the course by means of a discussion group that will be setup and include Pascal Detroz from the IFRES department of the university, who will act as a mediator.  We encourage the students to be as interactive as possible and forthcoming with questions and comments during and after the courses.  Questions and comments can be forwarded to the teaching assistant for this course: Caroline Hupperts (chupperts@uliege.be).

We wish you all an interesting and productive course in animal genomics.       


Corresponding ULg courses

Génomique Animale VETE1068-1
Bachelier en médecine vétérinaire, 2ème année

Lecture notes

Essential genomics for veterinarians and the animal sciences (01_04_2022)     

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Lecture slides

Lecture_1&2_Prerequisites (06_02_2022) 

Lecture_3&4_Prerequisites (11_02_2022) 

Lecture_5&6_Chapter_I (21_02_2022) 

Lecture_7&8_Chapter_I (25_02_2022) 

Lecture_9&10_Chapter_II (03_2022) 

Lecture_11&12_Chapter_II (28_03_2022) 

Lecture_13&14_Chapter_III (01_04_2022) 

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Contrat pédagogique 

Corresponding ULg courses

Compléments de génomique GENE0431-1
Master en sciences biomédicales

Génomique GENE0442-1
Master en bioinformatique et modélisation, à finalité approfondie, 2ème année

Génomique et bioinformatique GENE0208-2
Master en biochimie et biologie moléculaire et cellulaire, à finalité approfondie

Conference on medical genomics

Lecture Notes

Lecture notes pdf (09/2022)      

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Chapter 1, partim A  

Chapter 1, partim B (29_09_2020)

Chapter 2, partim A  (06_10_2020) 

Chapter 2, partim B  (19_10_2020)

Chapter 3, partim A (28_10_2020)

Chapter 3, partim B  (05_11_2020)

Chapter 4, partim A  (14_11_2020)

Chapter 4, partim B (13_11_2020)

Chapter 5, partim A  (13_12_2020)

Chapter 5, partim B (21_12_2020, partial) 

Examples of Multiple Choice Questions 

Recommended reading

Genetics and Genomics in Medicine - 1st Edition (2014) - Strachan et al. - Garland Science- ISBN: 9780815344803

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