Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.
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This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
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|Time Commitment:||Contact Hours: 11 weeks, 2 x 3 hours per week |
Total Time Commitment: 140 hours
|Prerequisites:|| Successful completion of: |
Study Period Commencement:
|Recommended Background Knowledge:||N/A|
|Non Allowed Subjects:||N/A|
|Core Participation Requirements:||
For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the 3 Disability Liaison Unit website : 4 http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/
CoordinatorMs Lisette Curnow
ContactMs Margaret Sahhar, firstname.lastname@example.org
|Subject Overview:||The curriculum is based on the requirements of the Human Genetics Society of Australasia Board of Censors for Genetic Counselling, which governs the certification of genetic counsellors in Australia. Clinical and laboratory concepts relating to genetic disorders will be taught via a combination of didactic and problem based learning (PBL) methods. Various human disorders will be discussed to illustrate basic concepts. PBL will be used to facilitate the sharing of information between students and to support the development of group work- which models the work of a genetic counsellor, who works as part of a multidisciplinary team. Tutors will have experience working in the areas of clinical genetics, genetic education/research.|
|Objectives:||This subject is designed to enable students to acquire knowledge in the following areas as well as an appreciation of the application of this knowledge to the practice of clinical genetics: |
• Dysmorphology and approaches to syndrome diagnosis
• Reproductive genetics and technologies, including preimplantation genetic diagnosis, prenatal screening and testing options, ultrasounds and prenatal procedures, together with a consideration of the options available when a fetal abnormality is detected
• Inborn errors of metabolism and their clinical manifestations
• Common genetic conditions: clinical features, modes of inheritance and genetics
• Cancer genetics, including the role of genetics in the cause and/or predisposition of individuals to cancer
• Neurogenetics, including the role of genetics in the cause and/or predisposition of individuals to various neurological conditions
• Genetic causes of intellectual disability
• Genetic conditions associated with various body organs/systems, for example skeletal, skin, eye, blood, immune, kidney, gastrointestinal tract, oral and craniofacial, endocrine and hormonal, respiratory, ear, and cardiovascular system
• Treatment of genetic disease
• Laboratory approaches to predictive, diagnostic and carrier genetic testing
• Working with other professionals and identifying community resources
• Ethical and legal systems in relation to the practice of clinical genetics, for example issues relating to privacy and confidentiality, professional guidelines and codes of conduct.
|Assessment:||End of semester 2.5hr written exam (60%), experiential and 1500 word written assignment (30%, due mid semester), and class participation/in class assessments for topics taught during the course of the semester (10%).|
|Recommended Texts:||• Nussbaum RL, McInnes RR, Wlllard HF (2007) |
• Thompson and Thompson Genetics in Medicine (7th Edition), WB Saunders
A subject reference list will be provided. Library available with selected texts within Genetic Health Services Victoria.
|Breadth Options:|| |
This subject is not available as a breadth subject.
|Fees Information:||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
On completing this subject students should be
Graduate Diploma in Genetic Counselling |
Master of Genetic Counselling
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