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MICROCREDENTIAL

Genomics and Precision Medicine

This microcredential 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 microcredential

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.

Key benefits of this microcredential

This microcredential aligns with the 2 credit point subject, Genomics and Precision Medicine (60003) in the 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 should do this microcredential?

This microcredential is designed for anyone wishing to learn about how the genomic era is changing medical science and patient treatments, including healthcare professionals, science undergraduates and non-specialists.

Price

Full price: $1,680.00 (GST free)*

*Price subject to change. Please check price at time of purchase. 

Discounts are available for this course. For further details and to verify if you qualify, please check the Discounts section under Additional course information

Enrolment conditions

COVID-19 response 

Additional course information

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.

Course delivery

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.

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

Assessment in this course will be through the completion of two tasks:

  • Task 1: Online quiz (weighting: 60%)
  • Task 2: Written case study (weighting: 40%)

Participants are required to complete all assessment tasks and achieve an overall mark of 50% (Pass) or above.

Requirements

Mandatory

  • To complete this online course you will need a personal computer with reliable internet access, web conferencing capability and an operating system with a web browser compatible with the UTS Canvas LMS.

Desired

A background in health or science is desirable.

Discounts

Discounts are available for this course as follows:

  • 10% discount UTS alumni and staff.

Discounts cannot be combined and only one discount can be applied per person per course session. Discounts can only be applied to the full price. Discounts cannot be applied to any offered special price. 

How to obtain your discount voucher code (UTS alumni)

  • Please contact the team at support@open.uts.edu.au with your student number to obtain your discount voucher code. 

How to enrol and obtain your UTS staff discount (UTS staff)

How to apply your discount voucher 

  • If you are eligible for a UTS alumni discount, please ensure you have provided your UTS student number in your UTS Open Profile (under “A bit about you”). If you have forgotten your UTS student number, email support@open.uts.edu.au with your full name, UTS degree and year of commencement.  
  • Add this course to your cart 
  • Click on "View Cart" (blue shopping trolley at top right of screen). You will need to sign in or sign up to UTS Open 
  • Enter your eligible code beneath the “Have a code?” prompt and click on the blue "Apply" button 
  • Verify your voucher code has been successfully applied before clicking on the blue "Checkout" button. 

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