In this Capstone unit, students will apply their previously obtained knowledge of molecular and cellular Biology to explore the molecular processes of multifactorial diseases including cancer, cardiovascular disease and metabolic disorders. This knowledge will be integrated into investigations of recent advances in molecular medicine including targeted therapies and diagnosis. Consolidation of molecular techniques utilized in molecular biomedicine will underpin this unit. Students will develop both theoretical and laboratory skills essential for becoming successful professionals in both research and clinical based biomedical science.

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RBM2133 - Cell and Molecular Biology

HBM2106 - Human Genetics

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Critically review current knowledge of molecular mechanisms resulting in human diseases and the impact of these diseases in both an individual and global context;  
  2. Critically assess the use of current and emerging molecular biotechnology techniques to determine the molecular mechanisms of diseases and the design of targeted therapies;  
  3. Ability to critically review and apply molecular and biotechnology methodologies;  
  4. Collaborate constructively within small groups in the planning, development and implementation of teamwork tasks;  
  5. Report on and elucidate on research data and scientific ideas.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Two (2) Topic Tests (30 mins each) 10%
Laboratory Work Four (4) Practical Reports (2,000 words total) 25%
Case Study Team presentation (1000 words) 15%
Examination Multiple choice & short answer questions (2000 words) 50%

Required reading

Molecular Pathology: The Molecular Basis of Human Diseas 1st ed.
Coleman. W.B., & Tsongalis. G.J., (2009)

In addition to the above texts, students will utilize articles from primary scientific literature and recommended online readings.

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