Courses & Units

Human Molecular Biology CXA300


This unit extends the student's understanding of the concepts of genetics and molecular biology obtained in CXA171 Cell Biology and Function and CXA262 Cell and Molecular Biochemistry. The unit focuses on medical molecular genetics, providing detailed study of genetic mutations and inheritance patterns of genetic diseases. Laboratory sessions will cover molecular diagnostic techniques.


Unit name Human Molecular Biology
Unit code CXA300
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Health Sciences
Discipline Health Sciences
Coordinator Doctor Nicole Ranson
Available as student elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Advanced


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


International students
Domestic students

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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

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Learning Outcomes

  • Analyse and interpret theoretical concepts of complex genetics problems related to human disease.
  • Demonstrate self-directed learning by accessing, critically evaluating, and synthesising a scientific review from a wide variety of peer-reviewed scientific information sources.
  • Communicate, in oral and written format, fundamental genetics disease processes, diagnostics, and treatments in a manner appropriate for an informed scientific audience.
  • Implement molecular diagnostic techniques to critically evaluate, interpret, and describe genetic inheritance patterns and genetic disease processes from experimental results.
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

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Teaching Pattern

Tutorial – 1 hour (weekly), self-directed learning activities – 10 hours (weekly).  A three-day long practical class (approximately 6 hrs - 8  hrs/day) will be held during Week 13.

AssessmentQuiz (25%)|Quiz (25%)|Laboratory Notebook and Practical Participation (15%)|Oral Presentation (10%)|Complex disease pathology and diagnostics activity (25%)
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.


You don’t need a textbook to pass this unit, but it will certainly help you understand the content in more detail. The following textbook will be used in some of the lectures for CXA300 -
“Genetics, A Conceptual Approach, 6th Edition, Benjamin A. Pierce. W.H. Freeman and Compamy, ISBN: 13:978-1-319-05096-2

Human Molecular Genetics, 4th Edition, Tom Strachan and Andrew Read ISBN: 978015341499
Nussbaum, McInnes and Willard. Genetics in Medicine, 8th Edition. Thompson and Thompson 2016 ISBN: 9781437706963
Both texts will be used to provide information for the lecture material

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