ABCs of DNA: Unraveling the Mystery of Genetics Information for Consumers

MLA Course
Listing Archived: Wednesday, December 31, 1969

Primary contact information...
National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Southeastern Atlantic Region
Health Sciences & Human Services Library, University of Maryland, Baltimore
601 W. Lombard St.
Baltimore MD , 21201
United States
Terri Ottosen is the primary contact.
Resource URL:
Region: Mid-Atlantic

Description: This is an existing in-person class and approved for MLA CE for 4 hours. The online class through Moodle is approved for 8 MLA CE.

Experience Level: Beginning
CE Contact Hours: 8
Professional Competencies: Health Sciences Information Services
Subject: Consumer Health
Course Type: Face to Face, e-Learning, Specialization, RML Offerings


In-person Class Agenda
•Introduction – 15 minutes
 Introduce topic, instructor, participants and objectives 
• Video – 30 minutes
“DNA: the Secret of Life; a Film about the Double Helix” 
•Follow-up Discussion and Lecture – 20 minutes
 Genes, chromosomes, DNA concepts, terms, definitions 
•Presentation and Demonstration – 15 minutes
 Genetic consultation and testing web resources 
•Lecture and Demonstration – 15 minutes
 Human Genome Project 
BREAK – 10 minutes 
•Demonstration and exercise– 15 minutes
 Genetic disorders and family history taking 
•Demonstration and Online Exploration/Practice – 30 minutes
 Internet resources  
• Lecture and Discussion – 30 minutes
 Ethical, legal, and social issues surrounding genetics 
 BREAK – 10 minutes 
•Case Studies and Role Playing – 30 minutes
 Dealing with patrons or own questions about genetics 
•Exercises – 20 minutes
 Hands-on practice

Online Class Agenda
Week 1 - Concepts and Definitions
Week 2 - Learning from One's Genome
Week 3 - Genetic Testing
Week 4 - Human Genome Project and its implications
Week 5 - Personal Genomics and Personalized Medicine
Week 6 - Resources
Week 7 - Ethical, Legal and Social Issues
Week 8 - Final Exercises, Discussion and Wrap-up

The instructional methods used include Lecture, Demonstration, Discussion, Sharing/Self-disclosure, and Hands-on Exercises.

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