PHYSICS 7548 - Human Biology for Medical Physics
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015
General Course Information
Course Code PHYSICS 7548 Course Human Biology for Medical Physics Coordinating Unit School of Physical Sciences Term Semester 1 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 2 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Assumed Knowledge PHYSICS 7011 Course Description This course provides an understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the organs and constituents of the human body. It also introduces the basic concepts of human cell biology and genetics that are relevant in understanding the effects of ionising radiation on the human body. The course material is arranged in 24 modules delivered online and designed for independent study. Students participate in a weekly tutorial, either face-to-face or online.
Course Coordinator: Dr Scott Penfold
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.Workshops – 12 x 2-hour sessions with one session per week.
Course Learning Outcomes
- Define terms used in anatomy and physiology;
- Demonstrate an understanding of basic cellular biology in a healthy organism;
- Demonstrate an understanding of the link between carcinogensis and cellular biology;
- Identify anatomical landmarks from medical imaging cross-sections;
- Demonstrate an understanding of normal physiological functions and major types of disease;
- Demonstrate an understanding of basic human genetics.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1-6 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 2,3,5,6 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 3,6 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 4 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 4,6 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1-6 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 4,6
- E. N. Marieb, Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology, 8th ed., [Benjamin Cummings, 2006]
- T. Strachan and A. Read, Human Molecular Genetics 3, Garland Press, 2003
- D. Hartl and E. Jones, Genetics: Analysis of Genes and Genomes, 5th ed., Jones and Bartlett, 2001
Teaching materials and course documentation will be posted on the MyUni website
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesWorkshops – 12 x 2-hour sessions with one session per week.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.A student enrolled in a 3 unit course, such as this, should expect to spend, on average 12 hours per week on the studies required. This includes both the formal contact time required to the course (e.g., lectures and practicals), as well as non-contact time (e.g., reading and revision).
Learning Activities SummaryThe course content will include the following:
- Basic Chemistry for Human Biology
- Cells and Tissues
- Surface Anatomy and Major Systems
- The Integumentary System
- The Skeletal System
- The Muscular System
- The Nervous System
- Special Senses
- The Endocrine System
- Blood and the Cardiovascular System
- The Lymphatic System I
- The Lymphatic System II : Immune System
- The Respiratory System
- The Digestive System
- The Urinary System
- The Reproductive System
- Essentials of Molecular Genetics
- Human Chromosomes
- Cells and Development
- Mendelian Genetics
- Organisation of the Human Genome
- Regulation of Gene Expression
- DNA Mutation and Repair
- Introduction to Cancer Genetics
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Type of Assessment Percentage of Total Assessment
Yes or No
Objectives Being Assessed/Achieved Workshop Preparation Formative and Summative 5% No HCB1-6, AP1-4, HG 1-6 Assignments Formative and Summative 45% No HCB1-6, AP1-4, HG 1-6 Examination Formative and Summative 50% No HCB1-6, AP1-4, HG 1-6
Workshop PreparationWorkshops will be used during the semester to address understanding of and ability to use the course material. Answer to preparatory questions will be assessed.
AssignmentsSummative assignments will be used during the semester to address understanding of and ability to use the course material and
to provide students a benchmark for the progress in the course.
ExaminationA 3 hour examination will be used to assess knowledge and understanding of and ability to use the course material.
Absence from Classes due to illness (or other valid reason)If you are unable to attend a Workshop due to illness (or any other valid reason) you should access the related material on MyUni.
Replacement/Additional Assessment ExamsAcademic grounds: offered to students who achieve a final course mark between 45-49%. Note that Replacement/Additional Exams on academic grounds will be held within the University’s official Replacement/Additional Assessment Exam period (i.e. July for semester 1 courses and December for semester 2 courses).
Medical and/or compassionate grounds may also be granted to provide an opportunity for students whose academic performance was impaired by circumstances beyond their control in the primary examinations (i.e. medical and/or compassionate grounds).
Submission of Assigned WorkCoversheets must be completed and attached to all submitted work. Coversheets can be obtained from the School Office (room G33 Physics) or from MyUni. Work should be submitted in person, or via email.
Extensions for Assessment TasksExtensions of deadlines for assessment tasks may be allowed for reasonable causes. Such situations would include compassionate and medical grounds of the severity that would justify the awarding of a supplementary examination. Evidence for the grounds must be provided when an extension is requested. Students are required to apply for an extension to the Course Coordinator before the assessment task is due. Extensions will not be provided on the grounds of poor prioritising of time.
Late Submission of AssessmentsIf an extension is not applied for, or not granted then a penalty for late submission will apply. A penalty of 10% of the value of the assignment for each calendar day that is late (i.e. weekends count as 2 days), up to a maximum of 50% of the available marks will be applied. This means that an assignment that is 5 days or more late without an approved extension can only receive a maximum of 50% of the mark.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.
Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.
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