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BIO2104 Molecular Diagnostics 1

Units : 1
School or Department : School of Health and Medical Sciences
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 25 March 2023


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.

As part of the University's accreditation agreement with the Australian Institute of Medical and Clinical Scientists (AIMS), students are required to attempt and submit all assessment items in this course. Students are also required to attend the mandatory residential school and obtain at least 50% of the marks allocated to the practical/laboratory skills assessment in this course. Non-attendance at the residential school will mean that students cannot pass the course.

Course offers

Study period Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2023 External
Semester 1, 2023 On-campus Toowoomba
Date printed 25 March 2023