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. In addition, student will have the opportunity to develop their written, laboratory book-keeping and bioinformatic skills.
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 student 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 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss the molecular and cellular basis of health and disease.
  • Investigate mechanisms of health and disease using molecular tools and strategies.
  • Communicate using biomedical terminology.
  • Collect, analyse and interpret scientific data.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
019901 $1,002.00 $1,002.00 not applicable $2,354.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

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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

AssessmentClosed book written Test 1. (10%)|Closed book written Test 2. (10%)|Final Exam (60%)|Laboratory Review Sheet One. (10%)|Laboratory Review Sheet Two. (10%)
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.

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