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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, students 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.

Summary 2021

Unit name Molecular Biology in Health & Disease
Unit code CBA265
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Health and Medicine
Tasmanian School of Medicine
Discipline Medicine

Kirsten Fairfax

Teaching staff

Dr Fiona Stennard, Dr Lou Roddam, Dr Steve Richards

Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No



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About Census Dates




(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


Closed book written Test 1, Weight 10%

Closed book written Test 2, Weight 10%

Final Exam, Weight 60%

Laboratory Review Sheet One, Weight 10%

Laboratory Review Sheet Two, Weight 10%

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