Year
2020
Units
4.5
Contact
1 x 1-hour lecture weekly
1 x 2.5-hour tutorial weekly
Prerequisites
1 1 of MMED3935, MMED2934
2 2 of BIOL2702, BIOL2722
Must Satisfy: ((1) or (2))
Assumed knowledge
Students should have a sound understanding of basic human genetic principles, as covered in either of the prerequisite subjects.
Course context
This topic will be suitable for students wishing to pursue careers in Medicine, Medical Research, or related fields.
Assessment
Assignments; Examination (50%)
Topic description
This topic will build on the basic fundamental principles of human genetics, and further develop students' understanding and application of these principles. Areas covered will include current research into the genetic basis of complex disease, novel mechanisms of genetic disease, the application of latest technologies in both genetic diagnostics and medical research, and further study of how sequencing the human genome has advanced our understanding of human pathophysiology and treatment regimes. These areas will be set within a framework of specific body systems and diseases, and the topic will include lectures from several experts in different areas of human genetics. This topic will provide students who wish to pursue careers in medicine, medical research, or related fields, with a level of understanding of human genetics which is now required in this post-genome era.
Educational aims
The educational aims of this topic is to provide students with the level of understanding of human genetics which is now required in this post-genome era.
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic, students will have achieved the following and have;

  • An advanced knowledge of human molecular genetics

  • A detailed understanding of the application of current genetic techniques to the diagnosis and treatment of human genetic disease

  • An understanding of current technologies, and their application in human genetics

  • The ability to apply knowledge to problem solving in human genetics

  • Development of critical analysis and communication skills