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Unit Overview


This unit introduces student to human embryology and development, the human genome and aetiology of disorders associated with genetic abnormalities, including cancer.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Integrated Medical Sciences and Clinical Practice; Integrated Dental Sciences; Podiatric Health and Medical Sciences; Medical Science major sequences

Students are able to (1) describe fertilisation, the basic human body plan, differentiation and embryogenesis; (2) define the processes of development; (3) describe some common human congenital abnormalities; (4) discuss the developmental origins of health and disease; (5) explain genetic variation in human populations; (6) describe life-course changes in the human genome and epigenome; (7) describe current thinking in the screening and treatment of genetic disorders; (8) define and discuss the development and pathobiology of cancer and cancer chemotherapy; (9) describe current methodologies used to investigate human genetics; (10) explain how cells regulate their cell cycle; (11) describe the process of apoptosis; and (12) describe common human growth disorders.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) final examination; (2) in-semester tests; and (3) practical assessments. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Mark Cruickshank
Unit rules
IMED2001 Body Defences (ID 5969)
and IMED2002 Blood and Drugs
IMED2003 Medical Sciences Research Methodologies (ID 5971)
Approved quota: 240—only students who have successfully completed IMED2001 and IMED2002 in the MJD-IMSCP, MJD-DENTS, MJD-PHMSC, MJD-MEDSI may enrol.
Contact hours
lectures: 3 hours per week
practical sessions: 15 hours per semester
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  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.