1 x 1-hour lecture weekly
1 x 2.5-hour tutorial weekly
1 x 7.5-hour independent study weekly
1 x 1-hour on-line lecture weekly
Assumed knowledge
A basic understanding of the principles of molecular biology.

Completed a Bachelor of Science or equivalent undergraduate medical or pharmaceutical or biochemistry-focussed degree
Exam, Tests
Topic description

The topic will give an introduction to human genetics, modes of inheritance, and an overview of human chromosomes at the cytogenetic and molecular levels. The human genome will be discussed at the molecular level and biological mechanisms that modify human inheritance will be studied. An introduction to molecular genetic techniques used in diagnosis of human genetic disease will be presented in the context of specific diseases.

The topic will be taught with Team Based Learning (TBL), an interactive, small group method of self-directed teaching and learning which is utilised in numerous universities and medical schools, including Flinders University Doctor of Medicine degree.

Educational aims

This topic aims to provide students with a broad knowledge of contemporary issues in human genetics, including a detailed understanding of the applications of genetic techniques to human disease.

Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Comprehend and critically examine principles that apply in human molecular genetics and human disease
  2. Apply your understanding of genetic techniques to human disease
  3. Explain contemporary issues in human genetics to diverse audiences
  4. Apply your knowledge to problem solving in human genetics