BMSC13015 - Molecular Targeted Therapies

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit enables you to develop an advanced knowledge and understanding of the principles of targeted therapies and their application in the treatment of human diseases. This unit will enhance your knowledge of genetics and the application of this to the molecular basis for disease development and progression. You will learn how the molecular genetics of human disease may lead to discoveries of biomarkers that can be used to predict an individual's response to specific therapies.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
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


BMSC12010 Clinical Biochemistry

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 1 - 2023

Term 2 - 2023 Profile

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. Written Assessment 40%
2. Peer assessment 10%
3. Online Test 50%

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%).

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Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 100.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 22.22% 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: Student feedback
Providing a one-on-one tutorial specifically on their assignment, was beneficial to student learning.
Retain tutorials tailored to the student's needs.
Action Taken
Tutorials continued to be focused on individual student needs with one-on-one tutorials provided as needed.
Source: Student Feedback and self reflection
Teaching cutting edge content with real world applications was motivating for the students.
Continue to teach this unit with updated/current real world examples of the content.
Action Taken
Real world examples continued to be taught throughout this unit.
Source: Student feedback
Students appreciated an assignment where they could choose a topic that interested them.
Retain assessments which encourage students to follow their specific interests while meeting the learning outcomes for the unit.
Action Taken
Source: Student feedback
Students found the live tutorials to be helpful.
Continue live tutorials to help encourage engagement and learning.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe the molecular alterations that can lead to the development and progression of human disease
  2. Articulate how molecular targeted therapies are developed and describe their therapeutic applications
  3. Appraise relevant literature to prepare and deliver a scientific presentation
  4. Critically analyse scientific presentations and provide constructive feedback.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Peer assessment
3 - Online Test
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
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Intermediate Level
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Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
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1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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