An Introduction to Genetics Interactive

Course Synopsis

Genetics is an area of science that is advancing perhaps more rapidly than any other, with each advancement offering us a fresh insight into our species. It is a relatively young science but one that has had an immeasurable effect upon human lives over the last 100 years. The potential of genetic research in many areas of life, from health to transport, is overwhelming.

Covering all the fundamental facets of genetics, including the biological construction of genes and how they work, how dominant and recessive genes influence the inheritance of particular inherited traits, and the importance of chromosomes, this course will provide you with an introduction to the scientific subject that has taught us the most about the origins of humankind.

This course provides an ideal stepping stone for anyone wanting to study biology, zoology, human sciences, and many other science subjects at university. It takes a more in-depth look at this fascinating field than most students will have had the chance to study at school. This more detailed approach is aimed at anyone seeking to pursue their study of genetics at university and beyond.


What’s Included?

This course consists of 4 X interactive lectures – audio recordings with accompanying presentation material – each taking approximately 1 hour to complete. Our unique, on-demand, interactive delivery system means that students are able to start instantly and work through material at their own pace. The interactive format ensures that the learning process is engaging and enjoyable, with regular quizzes and exams to enable students to check that they are following the topics covered.





Personal Profile

Interactive Tutorials

Quizzes and Exams



Why Take this Course?

This course is ideal preparation for students thinking of studying biochemistry, medicine, and related subjects at university.

Aims and Objectives

  • To develop a deeper understanding of heredity
  • To understand how DNA and genes replicate
  • To gain an insight into the genetic world on a microscopic level

Key Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course students will be able to:

  • Discuss with confidence the replication of genes
  • Understand the structure and processes of DNA, genes, and chromosomes
  • Consider the implications of genetic research in the modern world


All courses include the following Interactive Tutorial series

Tutorial 1

An Introduction to Molecular Genetics

1-1.5 hours

This tutorial will take a look at the basic units of genetics, genes themselves, and explore what they are composed of and how they actually work. In particular, this tutorial will explore DNA, the hereditary molecule that allows us to pass on genetic information to our offspring.

Tutorial 2

Inheritance and Pedigrees

1-1.5 hours

This tutorial will explore how genes work together and are passed on from one generation to the next. The concepts of dominant and recessive genes will be introduced alongside how they influence the expression of certain traits. The tutorial will end by taking a look at how geneticists use pedigrees to trace the inheritance and expression of genes across families.

Tutorial 3

Genes in Large Numbers

1-1.5 hours

This tutorial will consider how genes behave in large numbers – how they interact with one another as they are copied onto chromosomes. It will then discuss how chromosomes behave and how allele frequencies change in the wild in response to environmental pressures, before moving on to take a brief look at cell biology, population genetics, and quantitative genetics.

Tutorial 4

Complex Genes and Human Health

1-1.5 hours

This final tutorial will explore how genes act together in complex systems. It will consider the complex ways in which genes interact, and how they regulate the expression of other genes. Finally, the tutorial will take a look at the recent sequencing of the human genome and the implications that this has for modern medicine and social policy.

What’s Included?

All courses contain the following elements:

Interactive Tutorials
Online Quizzes
Access to the discussion forum
Access to all course resources
Certificate of completion

Key Details

Course Pre-Requisites Advanced/fluent Level of English
Interest / motivation to learn about this fascinating field of study!
Course Level For students applying to/thinking of applying to university to study sciences
For anyone with an interest in the subject
This course is an area-specific course, designed to expand your scientific knowledge
Level 2
Fees £29.99
Workload 4 - 6 hours

Enrolment Options

Choose one of the following options to take your course:

Single Licence


Enrol on this course
Access to interactive course content
Discussion boards, exams, resources
Personal learning profile
Course certificate

Enrol Now

Membership 1


3-Month Membership
Access to all courses
Discussion boards, exams, resources
Personal learning profile
Course certificates

Enrol Now

Membership 2


6-Month Membership
Access to all courses
Discussion boards, exams, resources
Personal learning profile
Course certificates

Enrol Now
One of the best e-learning courses on the subject currently available. Would definitely recommend to others (Cultural Anthropology)

Laura, UK
It was a very useful and relevant experience that helped me review some contents, complementing my understanding of the subject. Overall, a very good, lively and complete extra-curricular activity which I wholeheartedly recommend. (An Introduction to Philosophy)

Martinez, Spain
Awesome! Just like all the other courses it was full of great ideas and aspects elaborated on in great detail on. Truly an educational experience. (Business and Management)

Kyle, Israel
This course is great, fast paced, interesting and very entertaining. It gives a great overview of philosophy, and concise introduction to the main themes, but also leaves space for personal reflection and research which is always welcome! (Ethics: An Overview)

Louise, France
This course had a lot of interesting information on a very wide range of topics based on US history. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a basic overview of issues in 20th-century America. (20th-century American History)

Chalint (Greece)
The "Introduction to Law" course I took was excellent - I would recommend it to anyone wishing to apply to law school, or that is generally interested in the topic. Having completed the course, it leaves me wanting to study more of ORA's Law courses! (Introduction to Law)

Amelia (UK)
Victorian Classicism was an excellent course, which will be enjoyed by those interested in art history, greek mythology and British history as well as those with a great curiosity for traditions, morals and ethics during the 19th century. (Victorian Classicism)

Anne-Ly (Singapore)
After being out of high school and university for almost 10 years, the ORA Prep courses certainly helped in encouraging me to get back into uni as a mature student of Art History. I can hardly wait for the next academic challenge and I dearly hope anyone considering re-entering or visiting university for the first time comes across ORA Prep courses to build up their courage, too! Thank you, ORA! (Methodologies in Art History)

Anne-Ly (Singapore)
I'm very glad I discovered ORA Prep - it offers very interesting insights into the most varied subjects. I'm planning to enrol on other courses as well. I highly recommend it to anyone! (Ethics: An Overview)

Christina (Portugal)
It is an enjoyable course that gives a good introduction to ancient Greek architecture. Now I look to these amazing sites with a deeper understanding of their history. It encourages me to study these structures further! (Ancient Greek Architecture)

Zeina (Jordan)

Need more information about this course?