B.M2 Assess how genetic and environmental factors resulting in developmental delay or impairment of normal body functioning impact on post-natal development and care needs through the life course.

Unit 22: Genetics

Level: 3

Unit type: Internal

Guided learning hours: 60

Unit in brief

Learners explore the scientific nature of human genetics and the role it plays in health and disorders, and how legislation and ethical challenges influence gene technologies.

Unit introduction

In order to work effectively in the health and social care sector, it is important to have a good understanding of how genetic science has helped our understanding of reproduction and gene production from one generation to the next. This knowledge will help you to fully appreciate the significant role that genetics play in development of personality, temperament, health, and physical and psychological growth.

In this unit, you will understand what genetics is and its importance to human health and development. You will examine foetal development from conception to birth, and how genes (nature) and the environment (nurture) play a significant role in determining heredity. You will understand the role of reproductive genetic technologies that have fundamentally opened up opportunities for those who have been unable to conceive, and consider the ethical challenges that such technologies present.

These activities will prepare you for a variety of careers in the health and social care sector, such as health science roles. This unit will form a good basis for you to move to higher education, as it will develop your research skills by helping you to think critically and your evaluative skills through data handling.

Learning aims

In this unit you will:

A   Understand genetics and its role in human inheritance from conception to birth

B   Examine the factors affecting pre- and post-natal development

C   Investigate how advances in science can contribute to understanding reproductive and gene technologies

D   Examine how legislation and ethical challenges influence the use of reproductive and gene technologies.

Assessment criteria

Pass                                           Merit

Distinction

Learning aim A: Understand genetics and its role in human inheritance from conception to birth

 

 

 

AB.D1  Evaluate the role of genetics, the impact of factors affecting healthy pre-natal development, and difficulties related to reproduction affect post-natal development and care needs through the life course.

A.P1 Explain how genetics affects the process of human reproduction from conception to birth.

A.M1 Assess the role of genetics in the process of human reproduction from conception to birth.

Learning aim B: Examine the factors affecting pre- and post-natal development

B.P2 Explain how different genetic and environmental factors can affect pre- and post-natal development.

B.P3 Explain how factors that affect healthy pre-natal development leading to developmental delay or impairment of normal body functioning influence post- natal development and care needs through the life course.

B.M2 Assess how genetic and environmental factors resulting in developmental delay or impairment of normal body functioning impact on post-natal development and care needs through the life course.

Learning aim C: Investigate how advances in science can contribute to understanding reproductive and gene technologies

CD.D2

 

 

 

 

D.D3

Evaluate the role  of reproductive and gene technologies in promoting life chances and causing ethical challenges for a selected individual with a specific genetic disorder and society.

Evaluate the importance of the role of genetics in pre and post-natal development and the contribution of reproductive and gene technologies in promoting individuals and society’s life chances, referring to ethical challenges.

C.P4 Explain how reproductive and gene technologies can contribute to promoting life chances.

C.P5 Explain the effects that reproductive and gene technologies can have on a selected individual and society.

C.M3 Analyse the impact of reproductive and gene technologies for a selected individual and society in relation to promoting life chances.

Learning aim D: Examine how legislation and ethical challenges influence the use of reproductive and gene technologies

D.P6 Explain how reproductive and gene technologies can cause ethical challenges associated with a specific genetic disorder for a selected individual and society.

D.M4 Analyse how a specific genetic disorder can affect the use of reproductive and gene technologies, and cause ethical challenges for a selected individual and society.


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