BIOLOGY 1310A - Fundamentals of Biomedical Science
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2017
General Course Information
Course Code BIOLOGY 1310A Course Fundamentals of Biomedical Science Coordinating Unit School of Biological Sciences Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Contact Up to 5 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Incompatible BIOLOGY 1101, BIOLOGY 1102, BIOLOGY 1510, BIOLOGY 1520 Restrictions Available to MBBS students only Course Description 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.
Course Coordinator: Dr Grant Booker
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesA 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) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1-6 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
1-8 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
6-8 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
1-8 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
6 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes
This course will be delivered by the following means:
3 x 1 hour lectures per week
2 x 2 hour practical per semester
10 x 1 hour tutorial per semester
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
Contact Hours (49 hours)
Lectures 30 x 1 = 30 hours
Lecture Tests 2 x 1 = 2 hours
Tutorials 10 x 1 = 10 hours
Practicals 2 x 2 = 4 hours
Exam 1 x 3 hours = 3 hours
Non-contact Hours (83 hours)
Weekly reading/other study 3 hours per week = 36 hours
Preparation for tutorials 1 hour per week = 10 hours
Preparation for Practicals 2 hours per practical = 4 hours
Preparation for Tests = 10 hours
Preparation of Practical assessment = 8 hours
Exam preparation= 15 hours
Total = approximately 132 hours
Learning Activities Summary
The topics covered in the course (and supported by the textbook and online resources) are as follows:
Lectures 1-2: Cellular Organisation.
Lectures 3-8: Biochemistry and genes to proteins
Lectures 9-11: Homeostasis
Lectures 12-14: Medical Physics
Lectures 15-20: Metabolism
Lectures 21-30: Host Pathogen interactions.
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.
As a continuing course, the material from Semester 1 is also examinable in Semester 2. Note
that the final mark for the combined course is composed of 40% Semester 1 and 60% of
End of Semester Theory Examination 60%
Held during official University examination period.
The format of the exam will be 40% short answer/integrative questions, 60% MCQ.
Tests – Total 20%
Test #1 Closed Book MCQ 10%
Test #2 Closed Book MCQ 10%
Practical Assessment - Total 15%
Tutorial Assessment - Total 5%
All tutorials are regarded as both formative and summative and each student will be assessed
on their attendance and participation.
Attendance and Participation 5%
Assessment Related RequirementsAttendance at Practicals is compulsory. Attendance and participation at tutorials is expected
Assessment DetailEnd of Semester Exam
Tests - MCQ X 2
SubmissionIf 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 the assignment 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 late or more without an approved extension can only receive a maximum of 50% of the marks available for that assignment.
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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