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Genomics and Precision Medicine

This course covers foundational aspects of genetics and human genome sequencing to gain an understanding of examples of current precision, or targeted, medicine approaches in the treatment of human diseases, such as cancer. It will also include discussions of the promise and future challenges of precision medicine.

About this course

Precision medicine, also referred to as personalised or individualised medicine, is the tailoring of interventions for the prevention and treatment of disease to the individual characteristics of a patient. This includes individual variability in genes, environment and lifestyle, for each person.

The complete sequencing of the human genome and advances in genome sequencing has facilitated the development of precision medicine and its movement beyond the genome and into the entire spectrum of molecular medicine. Precision medicine holds promise for improving many aspects of health and healthcare.

Genomics and Precision Medicine will cover foundational aspects of the structure of DNA, genes and gene function, genetic inheritance, genome sequencing and the structure and function of the human genome. It will also cover some of the ethical, social, and legal issues associated with precision medicine approaches. Current examples and applications of precision medicine will be used to highlight the benefits and challenges of the technology.

Course outline

This course is designed to provide you with an introduction to human genetics, human genome sequencing and the use of DNA sequence information to inform clinical decisions for the use of tailored precision medicine approaches for disease management and cure. Examples of precision medicine approaches will be introduced.

The course is structured to include the following topics:

  • Introduction to DNA, genes and chromosomes
  • Introduction to human genome sequencing
  • Introduction to precision medicine and the use of genetic and other information, for tailoring disease treatments
  • Examples of precision medicine approaches
  • Promise and future challenges of precision medicine.

Key benefits of this microcredential

This microcredential aligns with the 2-credit point subject, Genomics and Precision Medicine (60003) in one of the following postgraduate offerings: Master of Science (C04241) or Master of Medical Biotechnology (C04390). This microcredential may qualify for recognition of prior learning at this and other institutions.

Who is this course for?

This microcredential is designed for anyone who would like to learn about how the genomic era is changing medical science and patient treatments, such as healthcare professionals, science undergraduates and non-specialists.

Course information

Course learning objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of precision medicine and precision medicine approaches in clinical practice
  • Comprehend the broad implications of DNA sequence variations and contribution to disease.


Assessment in this course will be through the completion of:

  • Assessment task 1: Online quiz (60%)
  • Assessment task 2: Written case study (40%)

Teaching and learning strategies

This course incorporates a range of teaching and learning strategies, including live presentations, discussions, case studies and group activities. Online workshops are scheduled throughout the four-week teaching period for participants to interact with instructors and peers.

Enrolment requirements

Completion of all assessment tasks, and an overall mark of 50% (Pass) or above.

Mandatory requirements


Recommended background in Health or Science.

Required texts

There is no prescribed textbook and learning materials will be provided online as needed.

Participant requirements and equipment

Access to a computer and the internet.

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