PATH2211 Molecular Medicine

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 complementary unit in the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Life and Health Sciences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 2 elective
This unit reinforces basic concepts in molecular biology and cellular biology
and will provide a framework for the understanding of more complex diagnostic modalities covered in subsequent units. Emphasis will be on the basic science underpinning molecular dysfunction. The precepts will be expanded to cover the molecular mechanisms and tools that can be used for diagnostic and prognostic assessment.

Topics will include DNA, RNA, protein structure in healthy humans, chromosome structure, function and abnormalities, regulation of gene expression in health and disease.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of DNA and chromosome structure and function; (2) demonstrate an understanding of basic gene regulation and structure; (3) describe the implications of altered gene structure; (4) demonstrate an understanding of basic cellular processes and dysfunction; (5) describe examples of metholodologies used in molecular medicine; (6) demonstrate analytical skills in the interpretation of data; (7) demonstrate skills in accessing informatic databases; and (8) demonstrate an understanding of genetic and cellular information related to cellular and molecular dysfunction.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) final examination; (2) continual assessment test; and (3) practical sessions. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Elizabeth Quail and Dr Amber Boyatzis
Unit rules
SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours; practicals or tutorials: 3 hours per week
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