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SLE346 - Molecular Basis of Disease

Unit details

Year2016 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Credit point(s):1
Previously coded as:


EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Leigh Ackland


SLE212 and one of SLE206, SLE211, SLE222 or SLE214



Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

3 x 1 hour class per week, 5 x 3 hour practicals per trimester


This unit will cover the pathology of human disease at a molecular and cellular level and will be presented in four sections. The first section will address toxic damage to cells, repair process within cells, cell ageing and mechanisms of cell death. The second section will cover the biology of cancer. The third section will examine the molecular and cellular changes that lead to diverse clinical features in inherited syndromes and multisystem diseases. In the fourth section the role of trace elements in human biology and disease will be discussed. Within the unit students will be exposed to current theories of the molecular basis of disease through articles from the primary scientific literature.


Two tests (10% each) 20%, examination 40%, practical work 40% (including laboratory work and group presentation)

Unit Fee Information

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2016 commencing International and full fee paying postgraduate domestic students

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