Introduces students to the principles of molecular genetics with an emphasis on human disease and an understanding of the key concepts underlying the experimental techniques of DNA manipulations. Topics include Mendelian genetics, chromosome structure, gene mapping, mutation and DNA repair, molecular population genetics, DNA testing, biotechnology and gene therapy.
Topic 1: Theories of inheritance, including population genetics, evolutionary relationship and Mendelian theories
Topic 2: An introduction to the structure of the human genome
Topic 3: Mapping and sequencing the human genome
Topic 4: Human genetic disease: single-gene disorders
Topic 5: The genetic components of complex diseases
Topic 6: Small RNAs in human genetics
Topic 7: Genetic testing and gene therapy
Topic 8: Approaches to biotechnology
Topic 9: DNA profiling in forensic criminology
Topic 10: Human genetics and society
Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.
Learning outcomes and graduate attributes
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||describe the mechanisms relating to storage, replication and expression of genetic material||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|2||compare chromosomal, single- and multifactorial-gene mutations and human disease||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|3||provide a comprehensive overview of mechanisms of DNA mutation and repair||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|4||evaluate methods of identifying human disease genes and treatment of genetic disorders||Intellectual rigour||Ethical practice||Knowledge of a discipline|
|5||develop analytical and laboratory skills in the area of molecular genetics||Intellectual rigour||Lifelong learning|
Teaching and assessment
Commonwealth Supported courses
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