BMS246 Human Genetics (8)

This subject will examine the broad field of genetics. It will cover standard Mendelian genetics, our modern understanding of molecular genetics, and the central dogma (DNA is transcribed to mRNA which is translated to protein). The role of genetics in behaviour and human evolution will be briefly explored. Modern disciplines of applied molecular technology (including proteomics and genomics), the genetic basis of molecular diseases, epigenetics and the genetics of cancer will also be examined.


Micro Session 4 (52)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: BMS246. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Biomedical Sciences

Assumed Knowledge

BMS129 and BMS130 Anatomy and Physiology or BMS143 Molecular Cell Biology 1.

Subject Relationships

BMS240 Micro-session version of BMS240

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to describe Mendelian inheritance principles and predict phenotypical outcomes using Mendelian genetics and the chromosomal theory of inheritance;
  • be able to describe DNA structure, Chromatin structure, DNA replication, transcription, RNA processing, translation, mutation induction, DNA repair and RNA interference;
  • be able to identify, describe and explain, using genetic concepts, how genetic changes can cause or contribute to human disease by comparing the normal situation with the pathophysiology of the disease;
  • be able to define and discuss how DNA technology influences/furthers our knowledge of genomics and epigenetics and explain how this can direct diagnostics, prognostics and treatment of human disease (with a focus on cancer) in the future;
  • be able to evaluate the ethical and professional issues arising from testing, diagnosing, prognosticating or treating of genetic disorders; and
  • be able to describe and analyse the genetics, pathophysiology, genetic testing and treatment of Mendelian inherited disorders using one Mendelian disorder as an example.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Chromosomes and cellular reproduction;
  • Mendelian inheritance;
  • Non Mendelian inheritance;
  • DNA structure and function;
  • Gene expression/gene regulation;
  • Genetic technology; and
  • Population genetics.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.