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Intro to Human Genetics & Genomics (GENE90023)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeGENE90023
Summer Term - Online
June - Online
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

The Introduction to Human Genetics is a wholly online subject designed to provide students with a solid foundation of basic human genetics. The subject will cover basic genetics principles, such as the structure and function of DNA, genes and chromosomes, focussing on the human context.

The syllabus will also cover the science underpinning human diversity and will define the various patterns of trait and disease inheritance. Finally, this subject will also describe some of the basic laboratory techniques currently used in practice.

This introductory subject lays the foundation for further study in clinical genetics and genomics and is suitable for students with no, or limited, prior genetics training. The delivery of the subject material will be wholly online and self-directed; this allows the student to work and take assessments at their own pace.

Intended learning outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a sound knowledge of basic genetics principles.
  • Recognise important concepts related to human genetic diversity and inheritance.
  • Identify the appropriate clinical applications of specific genetic techniques.

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Recommended background knowledge

Basic biology at first year undergraduate, or equivalent

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



Online case study quiz

  • 1000 words
At the end of the assessment period40%

Online quiz 1

  • 500 words
Throughout the semester20%

Online quiz 2

  • 500 words
Throughout the semester20%

Online quiz 3

  • 500 words
Throughout the semester20%

Dates & times

  • Summer Term - Online
    Mode of deliveryOnline
    Contact hours
    Total time commitment85 hours
    Teaching period 9 January 2019 to 3 March 2019
    Last self-enrol date18 January 2019
    Census date25 January 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail15 February 2019
    Assessment period ends 3 March 2019
  • June - Online
    Mode of deliveryOnline
    Contact hours
    Total time commitment85 hours
    Teaching period 3 June 2019 to 28 July 2019
    Last self-enrol date14 June 2019
    Census date14 June 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail12 July 2019
    Assessment period ends28 July 2019

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    There are no specifically prescribed or recommended texts for this subject.

  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

    Additional information for this subject

    The May availability only is available to Community Access Program students. Applications via the Community Access Program will be assessed by the subject coordinator prior to offers being made.

Last updated: 21 September 2019