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GMED5001: Genomics in Clinical Practice

Semester 1, 2022 [Online] - Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

Recent major advances in understanding of the human genome and the relationship between genetic variation and disease have changed clinical practice. This unit provides contemporary knowledge of genetic disease, diagnosis, genomic testing, prognosis, management, inheritance and impact across a range of chromosomal, single gene and heterogeneous genetic conditions. You will study common conditions, such as intellectual disability, inherited cancer, and paediatric and adult-onset disorders, as well as genomic mechanisms and genetic variations which lead to human disease. A case based approach will be used to develop skills in interpretation of clinical, family history and genomic test results to formulate an appropriate diagnosis and accurate genetic risk information. Ethical issues in genomic medicine will also be considered. Advances in treatments for genetic diseases will be explored, along with possible uses and limitations of new technologies, including genome editing approaches. The RACP Clinical Genetics Advanced Training Committee has approved this unit to fulfill the Genetics University Course Requirement for advanced training in Clinical Genetics. It is suitable for all practitioners who require a working knowledge of genomics in clinical practice.

Unit details and rules

Unit code GMED5001
Academic unit Genomic Medicine
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Ingrid Sinnerbrink,
Tutor(s) Alan Ma,
Gladys Ho,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam (Live+ supervised) Type A final exam Final Graded Exam
MCQs and short answer questions
40% Formal exam period 1 hour
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6
Small test Quizzes
MCQs and SAQs
15% Multiple weeks 3x 30 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO4 LO3 LO1
Online task Peerwise
See Canvas for details
15% Multiple weeks 2x cycles
Outcomes assessed: LO3 LO4 LO5
Online task Discussion boards
See Canvas for details
30% Multiple weeks 4x 500 words plus replies to peers
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO3 LO4 LO6
Type A final exam = Type A final exam ?

Assessment summary

  • Quizzes: Students are to complete 3 graded quizzes
  • Peerwise: Students must author 3 questions, critique 3 questions and answer 5 questions for each cycle. There are 2 cycles throughout the unit. 
  • Discussion Boards: Each discussion board will have a clinical scenario followed by some questions. Students must provide answers with references.  Students must attempt all 4 discussion boards but only the top 3 marks will contribute to the final mark.
  • Final Exam: The exam will contain a mixture of MCQs and SAQs

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100



75 - 84



65 - 74



50 - 64



0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

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Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

This unit has an exception to the standard University policy or supplementary information has been provided by the unit coordinator. This information is displayed below:

Please note, for this unit of study (GMED5001) the late submission penalty will be 5% of the maximum awardable mark for each calendar day after the due date for 10 calendar days. If the assessment is submitted more than 10 calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

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We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 Module 1: DNA, RNA, genes, chromosomes and inheritance Online class (10 hr)  
Week 02 Module 2: genetic testing, genomic technologies and their applications for diagnosis Online class (10 hr)  
Week 03 Module 3: genomic results and variant interpretation Online class (10 hr)  
Week 04 Module 3: genomic results and variant interpretation Online class (10 hr)  
Week 05 Module 4: familial genetic assessment and ethical considerations Online class (10 hr)  
Week 06 Module 5: molecular basis of inheritance 1 Online class (10 hr)  
Week 07 Module 6: molecular basis of inheritance 2 Online class (10 hr)  
Week 08 Module 7: molecular basis of inheritance 3 Online class (10 hr)  
Week 09 Module 7: molecular basis of inheritance 3 Online class (10 hr)  
Week 10 Module 8: chromosomal and contiguous gene syndromes Online class (10 hr)  
Week 11 Module 9: disorders with other inheritance patterns and considerations Online class (10 hr)  
Week 12 Module 10: genetic metabolic disorders Online class (10 hr)  
Week 13 Module 11: cancer genetics Online class (10 hr)  

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Understand the biology of DNA, RNA, protein, chromosomes and cellular division that underlies modern genomic medicine
  • LO2. Describe the different categories of genetic variation and interpret genetic test reports with regard to classification of variant pathogenicity
  • LO3. Interpret family pedigrees, perform recurrence risk calculations and appreciate the complexity of genetic counselling in the setting of pregnancy and family planning
  • LO4. Manage a number of common genetic conditions, representing each of the important inheritance patterns, and including chromosomal aneuploidies and contiguous gene syndromes
  • LO5. Understand the concepts important to the genetic metabolic disorders, including diseases characterised by acute metabolite toxicity and those where chronic organelle dysfunction causes disease manifestations
  • LO6. Manage testing and counselling of families with inheritable forms of cancer, particularly breast and ovarian cancer, and bowel cancer.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

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