In this 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 investigative practices in molecular biomedicine will underpin this unit. Students will develop 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

HBM3104 - Exercise Is Medicine

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. Critically review ethical considerations associated with novel molecular methodologies; and  
  4. Collaborate constructively within small groups in the planning, development and implementation of teamwork tasks;  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Topic Test (45 mins) 15%
Report Case Reports (2) (1200 words total) 25%
Presentation Group presentation (1000 word equivalent) 20%
Report Open-book report on a selected disease 40%

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