IMED2004 Human Development and Genetics

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 major sequence
  • Level 2 complementary unit in the Medical Sciences major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Life and Health Sciences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 2 additional unit in the Medical Sciences second major sequence
This unit demonstrates knowledge of human embryology and development, the human genome and aetiology of disorders associated with genetic abnormalities, including cancer.
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.

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 Rhonda Taylor
Unit rules
IMED2001 Body Defences
IMED2002 Blood and Drugs
IMED2003 Essentials of Research in the Health and Medical Sciences
Approved quota: 400—a place in the unit is determined on a first-come, first-served basis. Selection is based on time of enrolment with first places given to students enrolled in this major as a degree-specific and second to students enrolled as a second major. Any remaining places are given to those students according to when they enrol until all places are filled.
Contact hours
lectures: 3 hours per week; practical sessions: 15 hours per semester
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • 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.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.