|Faculty or Section :||Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences|
|School or Department :||School of Health and Medical Sciences|
|Student contribution band :||Band 2|
|Grading basis :||Graded|
|Version produced :||18 May 2022|
Pre-requisite: BIO1103 and BIO1203 and BIO1204
Molecular Diagnostics is a highly specialised and rapidly growing discipline in Medical Laboratory Science. Molecular Diagnostics 1 will enable students to extend their foundational knowledge of chromosomal structure and function, cellular processes and human physiology and apply it to a study of human disease at the molecular level. This course will provide students with the foundational theoretical knowledge that underpins a range of molecular diagnostic techniques supplemented with case studies that illustrate their application in medical diagnostics. This course will prepare students for further studies in this discipline in third year.
This course will explore the following four major themes: human cell biology and medical genetics; cytogenetic principles, nomenclature and molecular cytogenetics; chromosomal analysis in disease; and prenatal cytogenetics and fertility testing. Tutorials will extend the student's knowledge by providing problem-solving tasks, case study investigations and journal article discussions. This course contains a mandatory two-day residential school for both external and on-campus students. This residential school will provide students with the opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge to practical cytogenetic testing and extended investigation of case studies in specific human diseases that are characterised by known genetic aberrations.