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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 3
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites


BIOL12107 Genomes, Genetics and Evolution


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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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. Examination 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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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: Emails from students
The lectures were engaging however students sometimes felt that they needed additional scaffolding of prior knowledge in genetics and cell biology.
Explore the introduction of additional learning resources in genetics and cell biology into this unit, and explore the potential to alter the course structure to include a unit with additional cell biology in the 2nd year. This will allow for additional scaffolding of knowledge in genetics prior to student's entering this unit
Action Taken
Applied Molecular and Cellular Pathology (BMSC12012) was added to the second year core units.
Source: Student Unit and Teaching Evaluation and self-reflection
Assessment items are close together, and little feedback was provided until the end of term.
Implementation of a mid-term assessment, to engage the students earlier, so they can gauge their progress.
Action Taken
Source: Student Unit and Teaching Evaluation
The tutorials were very helpful
Maintain face-to-face and live zoom tutorials. These tutorials were informative, and helped the students to understand the in-depth material while being engaging.
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 - Examination
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
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
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Peer assessment
3 - Examination