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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Science
OfferedClayton First semester 2011 (Day)
Sunway First semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Richard Burke (Clayton); Dr Kumaran Narayanan (Sunway)


The study of genetics and its applications to medicine and forensic biology including genetic disorders, genetic screening and DNA profiling. Topics include cytogenetics, immunogenetics, genetic counselling and gene therapy. The impact and ethics of recent genetic advances on both the individual and society will be discussed. The unit will focus on current techniques in DNA testing both in medical diagnosis and forensic biology. Practical sessions will involve an analysis of human chromosomes and aspects of genetic counselling.


On completion of this unit, students will: obtain an understanding of modern genetics as it relates to fields of medicine and forensic biology, understand the techniques involved in modern genetics and their applications to medical genetics and forensic biology, gain an insight into the principles underlying genetic disorders and the range of genetic disorders that affect humans, understand the impact of the human genome project on medical genetics and forensic biology, appreciate the ethical issues affecting both the individual and society raised by advances in human genetics, acquire skills in the analysis and presentation of data and scientific ideas in written form and oral presentations, to further develop generic skills in problem solving and lateral thinking, be able to critically analyse scientific papers in the field of medical genetics


Examination (3 hours): 50%
Practical work: 40%
Oral presentation: 10%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Richard Burke

Contact hours

2-hours of lectures and one 3-hour practical session per week


One of GEN2041 or BMS2042; plus another six points of level two GEN, BMS or MOL units, or BTH2732