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Accelerated Biology: Human Genetic Disorders: Home

This page contains information about the assignment and logistics. 

For links to helpful resources, please click on the Informational Resources tab above.

Human Genetic Disorders Project

In this project, you will adopt the role of a genetic counselor. Your job involves meeting with both potential parents interested in assessing the risks of having a child (e.g., are they carriers for a disease?) as well as those who are already pregnant and wish to consult about prenatal screening for their developing baby (e.g., does it have any genetic or chromosomal abnormalities?). Each of you will be tasked with providing a consultation to a family or individual, helping them to better understand a particular genetic disease. Your presentation to the class about your genetic disorder should mimic what you would tell your client in this situation.

You want your clients to trust that you know what you are talking about, so outside research will be necessary to prepare for this meeting. Please be sure to refer to your book and several other sources when completing your research. The reference sources in this guide, make an excellent first source to gather the basic information about your topic. Wikipedia can also be a great jumping off point to familiarize yourself with the disorder, but it should not be your only source, nor should it be cited in any academic pursuit. Information found on Wikipedia must be corroborated with another source. Make use of the resources in this guide, or the “references” section at the end of the Wikipedia article to help you with this. An MLA Works Cited of the sources you referenced is part of your grade.

You should come to your consultation with a visual aide to help your clients understand the disease better. This could be a pamphlet, flyer/handout, or an infographic. It should not be a Google Slides/PPT presentation. If you are distributing a physical handout, you can share it with your teacher ahead of time so that I can print them for the class for you. Mr. Padgett (in the library) is a great resource for you if you want help creating a pamphlet that is creative and yet informative. He loves to help with projects that present research in creative ways.

You may use notes when you present, but presentation is part of your grade, and points will be lost if you simply read because it makes you seem unfamiliar with the topic. You are a busy genetic counselor and need to stay on track with your appointments for the day, so your consult should stay between 4 and 5 minutes. Remember that you do not want to rush through it because your clients will want to process and take notes on this information that could have a big impact on their future.

 

The school now has an educational license for CANVA, a versatile, easy to use, web-based design tool.

Canva makes design and printing easy, and allows for easy sharing with your teach. Since we have a full license, there are no restrictions on exporting/printing your graphics.

Use the links below to join your class on Canva:

Printing Your Brochure

If you are on campus, you can print  your brochure using the Library color printer, which can be accessed from each Library desktop Mac computer.

  1. Download your brochure and save it as a PDF on the desktop.
  2. Choose the color printer: MinC368 (it's the big copy machine to the right of recycling / trash bin)
  3. Choose Show Details at bottom of print dialog window.
  4. Click on Preview.
  5. Click on Layout / Finish.
    • If your document appears in portrait layout, select Top binding.
    • If your document appears in landscape layout, select Left binding.

On any other printer, you will want to either select the options above, or choose "Short Edge Binding" if that is an option.