Courses & Units

Molecular Biology in Health & Disease CBA265


This unit provides students with a broad introduction to molecular biology and how it can be used to investigate health & disease. The focus of this unit is primarily on humans and other mammals, but most of the matters discussed apply to a much broader range of species.
The unit provides students with an understanding of protein structure, function and synthesis; DNA structure, replication, and transcription; DNA technology and its applications; genetics of human disease; molecular biology of cancer.
The knowledge gained in this unit will complement the practical skills developed in the laboratory classes. These laboratory classes will provide students with ‘hands-on’ experience in molecular biology.
Students should be aware that TCE Year 12 Chemistry (or equivalent) is assumed knowledge for this unit.


Unit name Molecular Biology in Health & Disease
Unit code CBA265
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Medicine
Discipline Medicine
Coordinator Doctor Kirsten Fairfax
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Intermediate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and discuss molecular and cellular processes involved in health and disease
  • Demonstrate an applied understanding of the molecular tools and strategies used to investigate the mechanisms of health and disease
  • Communicate scientific information clearly using appropriate language and biomedical terminology.
  • Collect, analyse and interpret scientific data relating to molecular biology.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
019901 $1,037.00 $1,037.00 not applicable $2,472.00

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(CZZ101 or KPZ164) AND (CZZ102 or KZA161 or KPA161)


Teaching Pattern

Two x 1 hour lectures weekly, 3 hours lab fortnightly and 1 hour tutorial weekly

AssessmentTests (x2) (20%)|Written Exam, Invigilated (40%)|Case Study (20%)|Worksheets (20%)
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