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BIO3204 Molecular Diagnostics 2

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: BIO2104 and BIO2108 and BIO2106


Molecular diagnostic testing has evolved over the last 20 years and is now considered one the most progressive and rapidly growing areas in medical laboratory science and biomedical research. Traditional methods employed in medical diagnostics have been complemented and/or replaced by molecular assays. This course is designed for students who have completed introductory courses in Haematology, Medical Microbiology and Immunology and Molecular Diagnostics and will explore the theory and application of molecular techniques across various disciplines of clinical pathology, including immunology and infectious diseases, genetic diseases, oncology and haematology. This course will not only provide the student with enhanced understanding of molecular diagnostics, but also with practical skills that may be utilised as they transition into the medical laboratory environment.

This course will explore the following four major themes: the status of molecular diagnostic testing and its future, molecular testing in immunology and infectious disease, molecular testing in genetic disease, and molecular testing in cancer and haematology. This course contains a mandatory two-day residential school for both external and on-campus students. The practical component of the residential school will focus on utilising molecular diagnostic techniques in immunology and infectious disease testing and in diagnosis of specific human genetic diseases. Tutorials will extend the student's knowledge by providing problem-solving tasks, case studies and/or journal article discussions.

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.

Course offers

Study period Mode Campus
Semester 2, 2023 External
Semester 2, 2023 On-campus Toowoomba
Date printed 25 March 2023