Human Molecular Science


This course provides learning that builds on knowledge gained in HUBS2206 and involves integrated learning between the areas of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Human Genetics. Students will study topics such as the cell cycle, cancer biology, recombinant DNA technology and complex modes of inheritance. The course is organised as a series of modules that include lectures and practical classes that prepare students for a career in laboratory-based research in areas of the biomedical sciences.



  • Semester 2 - 2017

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Describe how cell growth and differentiation occurs and what happens when the control of these processes is altered.

2. Describe recombinant DNA technology and its applications

3. Describe the process of DNA replication and repair

4. Discuss the concepts and theories of non-Mendelian inheritance

5. Demonstrate how to research topics, seek out information and solve problems in human molecular science

6. Demonstrate practical skills necessary to conduct laboratory-based investigations of human molecular science

7. Analyse, discuss and present laboratory-based data and scientific information in written and oral forms of communication


This course will cover the following topics:

  1. Cell growth and differentiation
  2. Cancer biology
  3. Molecular biology including recombinant DNA technology and its applications
  4. Medical Genetics including DNA repair and non-Mendelian inheritance

Replacing Course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): HUBS3206. Students who have successfully completed HUBS3206 are not eligible to enrol in HUBS2209.


This course replaces HUBS3206. If you have successfully completed HUBS3206 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed Knowledge

HUBS1403 Biomedical Science Part 1, HUBS1404 Biomedical Science Part 2, HUBS1202 Human Genomics & Biomolecular Analysis, HUBS2206 Human Biochemistry and Cell Biology or equivalent.

Assessment Items

In Term Test: Mid semester test

Formal Examination: Final exam

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Laboratory reports

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 7 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks