You are viewing this page as a domestic student.
Change to International

You are a domestic student if you are an Australian citizen, a New Zealand citizen or the holder of an Australian permanent visa.

You are an international student whether you are within or outside Australia and you do not meet the domestic student criteria.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice and support for the Bond community. Read more

BMED11-207: Medical and Molecular Genetics

Description

This subject introduces the basic concepts behind DNA structure, replication and gene expression, with an emphasis on human disease. Mechanisms of mutation and DNA repair will be examined and their consequences discussed. Case studies for specific genetic diseases will be employed to demonstrate single gene defects, complex multi-factorial diseases and chromosomal disorders. Clinical commentary on important disorders, including cystic fibrosis, achondroplasia, Fragile X, trisomy 21, etc. will be provided throughout the lecture series. More specialised topics including inborn errors of metabolism, mitochondrial disorders and the genetic basis of cancer and ageing will also be presented. Finally recent molecular advances in gene therapy and the Human Genome Project will be examined in relation to ethical, legal and social issues relevant to medical genetics. Students will also acquire standard laboratory techniques used in DNA diagnostic tests.

Subject details

TypeUndergraduate
CodeBMED11-207
EFTSL0.125
FacultyFaculty of Health Sciences & Medicine
Semesters offered
  • January 2022 [Standard Offering]
  • January 2023 [Standard Offering]
Credit10
Study areas
  • Medicine
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2021: $3,890
  • Commencing in 2022: $3,950

Learning outcomes

1. Describe the mechanisms relating to storage, replication and expression of genetic material.
2. Explain the relationship between chromosomal, single- and multifactorial-gene mutations and human disease.
3. Provide a comprehensive overview of mechanisms of DNA mutation and repair.
4. Describe methods of identifying human disease genes and treatment of genetic disorders.
5. Develop laboratory and analytical skills in the area of molecular genetics.
6. Discuss and debate the ethical, legal and social issues relevant to medical genetics.
7. Work competently in a group and share information in tutorials.
8. Develop a high level of communication skills, both written and orally.

Enrolment requirements

Requisites: ?

Nil

Assumed knowledge:

Assumed knowledge is the minimum level of knowledge of a subject area that students are assumed to have acquired through previous study. It is the responsibility of students to ensure they meet the assumed knowledge expectations of the subject. Students who do not possess this prior knowledge are strongly recommended against enrolling and do so at their own risk. No concessions will be made for students’ lack of prior knowledge.

Assumed Prior Learning (or equivalent):

Restrictions: ?

Nil

Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering
Enrolment opens15/11/2020
Semester start18/01/2021
Subject start18/01/2021
Cancellation 1?01/02/2021
Cancellation 2?08/02/2021
Last enrolment31/01/2021
Withdraw – Financial?13/02/2021
Withdraw – Academic?06/03/2021
Teaching census?12/02/2021