University of Technology Sydney

96103 Medical Genetics and Genomics in Practice

6cp; block attendance (professional skills week); 1.5hpw ('live and online' workshop, teaching weeks 1–8, 9–14)
Requisite(s): 96104c Communication and Counselling AND 96105c Clinical and Community Placement 1 AND 96102c Research Methods in Genetic Counselling
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Medical literacy and an ability to communicate complex genetic and genomic information to individuals and families is a core skill for genetic counsellors. Students review core genetic concepts including genes and DNA, population genetics, Mendelian and non-Mendelian inheritance, genomics and the principles of variant interpretation. Human reproduction, embryology, teratology and dysmorphology are discussed. Students use case studies to learn about disease processes, anatomy, screening and diagnostic tests in order to facilitate their understanding of medical assessment processes used in genetic counselling. Students are introduced to principles of biomedical ethics and the contexts in which genetic services are delivered are explored. This subject forms part of the preparation for clinical placement.

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Autumn session, City campus

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