BIOLOGY 1310A - Fundamentals of Biomedical Science

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2014

Medicine and Biomedical Research are underpinned by an understanding of fundamental human biomedical science. This course describes how simple molecules and cells are built up to form the complexity of the human body including the complex network of tissues and organ systems, their interactions with the environment and potential pathogens. Topics to be covered include the chemicals of life, macromolecules, transfer of genetic information, lipid membranes and the structure of cells, homeostasis, the storage and utilisation of energy, the physical basis of medical imaging, the transfer of genetic information, patterns of inheritance and evolution, the control of cell division, cell shape and cell death, reproduction, growth and development, hormone networks and signaling.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code BIOLOGY 1310A
    Course Fundamentals of Biomedical Science
    Coordinating Unit School of Molecular and Biomedical Sci(Inactive)
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Contact Up to 5 hours per week
    Incompatible BIOLOGY 1101, BIOLOGY 1102, BIOLOGY 1510, BIOLOGY 1520
    Restrictions Available to MBBS students only
    Assessment Final examination, online quizzes, practical reports, tutorial papers, group project work & written tests
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Grant Booker

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    A successful student should be able to:
    1 display an understanding of the chemical nature of biological processes in the human body.
    2 understand that the cell is the basic unit of structure of all living organisms.
    3 understand the principles of control systems in cells and organs of the normal human body.
    4 understand the principles, characteristics and behavour of microorganisms and their relationship to infectious disease.
    5 understand the principles underlying the characteristic immune responses to infection.
    6 appreciate the impact individual or teams of biomedical researchers have had on the practice of medicine.
    7 write reports and to present experimental results in a valid scientific manner.
    8 display scientific curiosity and to appreciate the importance of asking questions.
    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. 1-8
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1-8
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1-8
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 6-8
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 6-8
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1-8
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1-8
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 8
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
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  • Assessment

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    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

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    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    NOG (No Grade Associated)
    Grade Description
    CN Continuing

    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.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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