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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.

Summary 2021

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

Prof Graeme Zosky

Teaching staff

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

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



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CBA265 and (KPZ164 or CZZ101)


Teaching Pattern

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


Ethics reflection, 500-800 words 10%

Four quizzes (5% each – total 20%) spread throughout Semester

Written essay 1500 words 20%,

Statistics/Bioinformatics assignment 10%,

2-hr written exam, 40%.

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

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