Courses & Units

Human Genetics CEA301




Genetics forms the nexus between human biology and the environment with almost every human disease having a genetic component. This course covers the basic tenets of human genetics, introducing genetic concepts and building on these throughout the course. This will lead through discussions on: cytogenetics and chromosome disorders, Mendelian diseases, and the genetic complexity of some common human diseases. The role of the human genome and ongoing variation mapping projects, in our current understanding of genetic disease will also be introduced with the statistical and technological base of genetics and genomics being discussed. Specialist topics will also be explored including cancer genetics, bioinformatics and genetic counselling. Key concepts that will be covered include: segregation, linkage and linkage disequilibrium, genetic association and their application to population and family based genetic studies.

This unit is taught by a group of research geneticists working at the Menzies Institute for Medical Research and the School of Medicine and provides an introduction to the field of human genetics.


Unit name Human Genetics
Unit code CEA301
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Health and Medicine
Tasmanian School of Medicine
Discipline Medicine|Menzies Institute for Medical Research

Dr Adele Holloway

Teaching staff

Teaching Staff at the Menzies Institute for Medical Research and School of Medicine.

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


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


International students
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 13/7/2020 10/8/2020 31/8/2020 18/10/2020

* 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 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2019.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2020: $1,190.00 2020: $2,354.00 010909

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You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:


Teaching Pattern

2 x 1 hr lectures and 1 x 1 hr tutorial per week.


Ethics reflection, 500 words 10%, 1-hr In-semester test, 20%,Written essay 1500 words 20%, Statistical analysis 10%, 2-hr written exam, 40%

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Strachan and Read, Human Molecular Genetics, 4th edition.

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