BMS552 Molecular Pathology (8)

This subject will take a multi-disciplinary approach to the examination of the molecular basis of disease. The subject focus is on the application of contemporary molecular techniques to assist in the diagnosis, prognostication and treatment selection for human disease. The subject also addresses the translational aspects of molecular pathology in areas such as pharmacogenomics and personalised medicine.


Session 2 (60)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: BMS552. 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

Enrolment Restrictions

Subject only available to postgraduate students

Assumed Knowledge

BMS511 Processes of Pathology

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to describe the molecular basis of human diseases
  • be able to evaluate the theory of precision/personalised medicine and discuss the translational aspects of molecular pathology
  • be able to justify the use of molecular diagnostic techniques and to assess both the benefits and limitations of these methods
  • be able to critically evaluate the scientific literature and demonstrate important skills in scientific analysis and communication


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • This subject will be taught through a detailed examination of a number of recent high-quality scientific publications (review articles and original papers) that have specifically used contemporary molecular techniques to examine research questions pertinent to gaining a greater understanding of the pathologic basis of disease. Students will examine in detail the molecular techniques used in each paper and will also develop skills in critical analysis and interpretation of the scientific literature. Students will then apply these skills when completing the major literature review assessment task.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of BMS552 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 %
Module review questions
Mid-session examination
Literature review

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.