• Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Biology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Ruth Arkell
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2014
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This course focusses on new discoveries in areas of importance to our understanding of human behaviour, evolution and disease.  The course covers the basic principles that underpin the field of human genetics.  We will explore processes of gene mapping association and sequencing technologies that are driving unprecedented discoveries relating to the genetic basis of human disease. We will cover topics including:

  • · animals models for human genetic diseases
  • · the genetic basis of Mendelian disorders
  • · genomic technologies and personalised medicine
  • · genetic testing and counselling
  • · the genetic basis of complex traits
  • · cancer genetics
  • · immunogenetics
  • · epigenetics

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

1. be proficient in navigating relevant literature, web sites and databases for research into human genetics.

2. explain the importance of model species to our investigation of basic principles in human genetics.

3. describe the latest advances in genomic technologies and their application to personalised medicine

4. explain how modern molecular techniques can be used in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and inherited disease

5. describe the genetic strategies permitting the immune system to respond to a diverse range of pathogens

6. describe the approaches used to identify the genetic basis of complex traits

7. describe the major types of mechanisms involved in regulating gene expression

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will examine proficiency in individual research, understanding of the theory and laboratory work. A sliding scale permits students to focus on areas of interest by designating the weight to be assigned to different items of assessment.


  • Research essay (3500 word) on the current state of knowledge and recent advances in an area of human genetics of specific interest to the student (25 % to 45 %) (LO1, 2-7 depending on topic)
  • Three short assignments on lecture and practical material (10 % each) (LO1, 2-7 depending on practical)
  • Final examination to assess students’ understanding (25 % to 45 %) (LO2-7)

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Two to three lectures per week, practicals and tutorials; total workload 55-60 contact hours in semester.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed BIOL2161. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have completed BIOL2152

Assumed Knowledge

BIOL2151 is strongly recommended.




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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $1650
2014 $2946
2013 $2946
2012 $2946
2011 $2946
2010 $2916
2009 $2916
2008 $2916
2007 $2520
2006 $2520
2005 $2298
2004 $1926
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3390
2014 $3762
2013 $3756
2012 $3756
2011 $3756
2010 $3750
2009 $3618
2008 $3618
2007 $3618
2006 $3618
2005 $3450
2004 $3450
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4445 17 Feb 2014 07 Mar 2014 31 Mar 2014 30 May 2014 In Person N/A

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