The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook

Description

This course represents a blend between fundamental concepts and current issues in molecular medicine. The course focuses on the relationships between structure, function and analysis of Proteins and Nucleic Acids as applied to human disease and provides an introduction to modern concepts of Genomic structure, function and analysis arising from the Human Genome project.


Availability2020 Course Timetables

Callaghan

  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. Fundamental understanding of the structural features of proteins and nucleic acids.

2. Understand the inter-relationship between molecular structure and molecular function

3. Understand the importance of molecular structure as it applies to fundamental biomedical analytical techniques

4. Understand human genomic structure, function and analysis

5. Understand basic Mendelian genetics

6. Gain basic laboratory skills as applied to the analysis of human disease.

7. Gain basic problem solving techniques.


Content

  1. Composition and structure of proteins, deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) and ribonucleic acid (RNA).
  2. Relationship between the structure, function and analysis of proteins, DNA and RNA.
  3. Relationship between DNA sequence and protein structure and function.
  4. Recombinant DNA technology.
  5. Skills in methods of protein, DNA and RNA isolation, analysis and interpretation of data in relation to the diagnosis of human disease.
  6. Composition and structure of the human genome
  7. The genetic basis of disease
  8. Relationship between genome structure and function
  9. Genome replication
  10. Genome mapping by genetic and physical techniques
  11. Genome mutation and recombination in human development and disease.

Requisite

This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Biomedical Science or Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) programs.


Assessment items

In Term Test: Intra-semester written tests (x2) *

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Pre-Laboratory preparation test

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Laboratory assessments (x2)

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Genetics computer laboratory tasks

Formal Examination: Final written examination *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.


Compulsory Requirements

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

General Course Requirements:

  • Computer Lab: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - Students must achieve a satisfactory level of attendance at computer labs.
  • Laboratory: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - Students must achieve a satisfactory level of attendance at laboratory sessions.

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Formal Examination: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - Students must achieve a passing grade in the combined mini tests and formal examination
  • In Term Test: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - Students must achieve a passing grade in the combined mini tests and formal examination

Contact hours

Callaghan

Computer Lab

Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 5 Weeks

Laboratory

Face to Face On Campus 19 hour(s) per Term Full Term

A 1 hr laboratory induction and 3 hrs per week for 6 weeks

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 28 hour(s) per Term Full Term

2 hours per week for 12 weeks and 2 hours per week for 2 weeks (in term examinations)

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 4 Weeks