BIOS 3014 Genes, Genomics and Human Health

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 300820

Coordinator Graham Jones Opens in new window

Description A genome is all of the genetic information that makes us who we are. Beginning with an overview of the evolution of the human genome, this subject will introduce you to current concepts in gene regulation and how genetic variability is correlated with susceptibility to rare and common disease in individuals and populations. You will also gain practical experience in key methods and analyses of genetic variation and understand how such techniques are delivering new insights into the origins and treatment of human disease.

School Science

Discipline Genetics

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 2 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 3 subject

Pre-requisite(s) BIOS 2018 Genetics


Successful completion of 120 credit points

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  1. Describe the structure of the human genome and common genetic variants in the genome
  2. Explain the mechanisms by which the integrity of the human genome is maintained and relate errors in these pathways to human health
  3. Compare and contrast the genetic basis of rare single-gene Mendelian disorders with common complex multi-gene disorders
  4. Describe methods of genetic analysis as applied to single gene and multi-gene disorders
  5. Evaluate the role of genetics in exploring the relationship between lifestyle, the environment, and common human diseases
  6. Gather information, plan, complete and analyse experiments in molecular genetics

Subject Content

1. Genetic variability in the genomes of modern and ancient human genomes and between populations of modern humans  
2. The complexities of gene regulation in the era of genomics   
3. Methods of genome and transcriptome sequencing and genotyping 
4. A genomic view of human immunology 
5. Translating genomics to an understanding of immune disease 6. Ethics and genomics 7. Methods in immunology


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Type Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Critical Review 2000 words 30 N Individual
Report 1500 words 40 N Individual
Applied Project 2000 words 30 N Group

Prescribed Texts

  • Human Molecular Genetics, 4th Edition, 2011 Tom Strachan and Andrew Read, Garland Science

Teaching Periods

Autumn (2024)



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Parramatta - Victoria Rd


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