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Human Genetics Major


Ensures students are highly skilled in molecular biology and genetics, including bioinformatics.

The major includes a strong focus on laboratory skills and analysis, as well as up to date lectures incorporating the latest developments in genetics research ensures that students are well prepared to find employment in a range of laboratory and other scientific positions.





Mount Lawley

South West (Bunbury)


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Learning Outcomes

  1. Adapt theory and practice in diverse contexts including the laboratory environment to investigate, design and plan sustainable solutions to Human Genetics issues through innovative ideas.
  2. Communicate knowledge and an interpretation of contemporary issues in Human Genetics to transfer ideas in collaborative settings.
  3. Critically review, analyse and synthesise information from a range of sources in order to communicate scientific knowledge and ideas in Human Genetics within an international and global perspective.
  4. Demonstrate a coherent understanding of Human Genetics across cultures by gathering, synthesising and evaluating information from a range of sources.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the contestable and testable nature of Human Genetics through further inquiry and examination of evidence.
  6. Demonstrate and articulate a broad, coherent and deep understanding of the role and relevance of the scientific method in Human Genetics.
  7. Demonstrate initiative and the capacity for life-long learning through the process of reflection, both individually and in team settings.
  8. Integrate relevant technology, information and numeracy literacy to illustrate theoretical and practical knowledge of the science of Human Genetics in order to identify and solve problems.
  9. Review policies and procedures in order to develop reports, make ethical decisions and ensure adherence to industry health and safety regulations, through effective communication.

Work Experience Option

Students undertaking the Medical Genetics unit have the option to volunteer in a Genetic Support Group of their choice as part of their work experience. Students who do not wish to volunteer are given alternative activities and assessments.

Attendance requirements

There is flexibility regarding the number of hours students volunteer at the group and this is arranged by the students at their convenience.



Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
SCH1132Human Evolution and Ecology15
SCH1133Human Genetics15
SCH2141Advanced Biomedical Techniques15
SCH2142Forensic Genetics15
SCH2226Human Molecular Genetics15
SCH3145Biomedical Ethics15
SCH3223Medical Genetics15
SCH3244Developmental Biology15

Possible future job titles

Specialists, Medical Scientists, Research Scientists, Research Officers, Research Assistants, Laboratory Managers, Biomedical Technicians, Medical Representative

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