BMS352 Molecular Pathology (8)

In this subject students will draw together the knowledge gained in their study of physiology, biochemistry, human genetics and cell biology, haematology and histopathology to examine the molecular basis of disease. This subject will take a multi-disciplinary approach to the topic and focus on the application of molecular techniques to assist in the diagnosis of disease in a medical laboratory setting and how these techniques can be used to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of emerging diseases. This subject includes a practical component; distance students will complete this component at a 3 day residential school.


* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.

Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Online *
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: BMS352. 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



Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Be able to describe the molecular basis of diseases relevant to medical laboratory scientists
  • Be able to explain how cytogenetics may be used in the diagnosis of disease
  • Be able to explain the practice of ''molecular medicine'' and the translational aspects of molecular pathology: molecular diagnostics, molecular assessment, and personalized medicine
  • Be able to justify the use of a particular diagnosis technique within a pathology setting and to assess both the benefits and limitations of the teachnique
  • Be able critically evaluate the use of molecular techniques in the diagnosis and treatment of disease


This subject will cover the following topics:

Topic 1 - Introduction to the subject (revision)

  • This will contain a brief over view of classical pathology, molecular biology and genetics and integrative systems biology

Topic 2 - Molecular basis of disease

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Diseases of the kidney
  • Skin disease
  • Diseases of the nervous system
  • Pulmonary disease

Topic 3 - Diagnostic techniques

  • Practice of molecular medicine
  • Molecular diagnosis of human disease (including cytogenetics)
  • Molecular assessment of human disease in the clinical laboratory
  • Pharmacogenomics and personalized medicine in the treatment of human disease

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of BMS352 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Continuous case study (ccs)
Online test 1 (ot1)
Online test 2 (ot2)
Literature review

Residential School

This subject contains a 3 day Compulsory Residential School.

The residential school will provide students with the opportunity to practice some of the techniques discussed in the subject. Students will also present short seminars on the topics they have selected for the subject's major assessment item.

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.