Molecular Pathogenesis


Introduces students to the molecular basis of disease and drug response. As knowledge of the genetic basis of disease increases so does the opportunities for drug targeting and patient specific-treatments. This course considers the two key elements - the genetics of disease and the genetics of drug response (pharmacogenomics).


Callaghan Campus

  • Trimester 1 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Have a fundamental understanding of the molecular basis of disease;

2. Understand the molecular determinants of drug response;

3. Understand the impact of biotherapy on therapeutics, pharmaceutical industry and society; and

4. Gain understanding of the ethical issues related to the use of personalised medicine and biotherapy.


  1. Introduction to modern molecular medicine including genomics, proteomics and other omics
  2. Pharmacogenomics and personalised pharmacy
  3. Pharmacoinformatics
  4. Systematic molecular approaches to disease and drug responses
  5. Emerging molecular and cell-based therapeutics
  6. Ethical issues arising from the use of personalised medicine and biotherapeutics


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Master of Pharmacy program.

Assumed Knowledge

PHAR6123 Human Genomics and Biomolecular Analysis for Pharmacy.

Assessment Items

In Term Test: Mid Trimester Exam *

Formal Examination: Final Examination *

Quiz: Tutorial Quizzes *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • In Term Test: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.

Contact Hours


Face to Face On Campus 23 hour(s) per Term

2 hours per week for 10 weeks and 1 hour per week for 3 weeks


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 10 Weeks