BMSC12012 - Applied Molecular and Cellular Pathology

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Molecular and cellular pathology involves the study of disease processes at the molecular level and allows diagnosis of disease through the detection of genetic mutations, dysregulated gene expression and non functional or cytotoxic proteins. In this unit, you will understand the role of cellular genetic material and associated genetic rearrangements and mutations. You will explore the application of molecular techniques, such polymerase chain reaction and next generation sequencing, and their revolutionary impact on diagnostic testing.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites


BIOL12106 Molecular Biology

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2022

Term 1 - 2023 Profile
Mixed Mode

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Group Work 40%
2. Online Test 60%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 85.71% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 31.82% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: SUTE
Good use of extra resources and guest lecturers.
Continue to enhance the extra resources, and maintain the same teaching staff where possible.
Action Taken
Resources and quizzes were enhanced, and same teaching staff utilised as in 2021.
Source: SUTE and Self Reflection
Tutorials and revision can be improved
Participation in the weekly tutorials was not optimal so consideration will be given to substituting these with a series of three or four online workshops covering a number of topics spread throughout the term to increase engagement. These can be scheduled at times that are more appealing to the students.
Action Taken
Tutorial participation increased in 2022, allowing for more engagement and participation in activities.
Source: SUTE and Self Reflection
Revise group activity
While significant progress has been made with the group task, students felt that more clarity could be provided regarding this task. Enabling students to select their topic via a poll has also been suggested rather than a random allocation. Also, reflection as to how the group task is presented (literary review vs poster) will be considered.
Action Taken
Students were allowed to choose their group topic rather than being allocated a topic at random. The format of the group task remained a literature review, but the word count was decreased.
Source: SUTE data and self reflection
Addition of case studies throughout the term would help prepare the students for the final examination.
Consider implementing case studies with the weekly tutorials.
Action Taken
Source: SUTE data
One final examination covering twelve weeks of content was not well received.
Consider the assessment structure and weightings for future iterations.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Describe the molecular basis of disease, in terms of gene mutations or rearrangements, and their detection
  2. Describe the relationship of disease to epigenetic modification of the genome
  3. Explain the process of identifying genetic changes and their significance
  4. Explain the use of molecular pathology in disease diagnosis and / or prevention and treatment, including the development of personalised medicines.

The learning outcomes achieved are linked to the objectives of the accrediting body, Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS).

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Group Work
2 - Online Test
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 - Group Work
2 - Online Test