In this Capstone unit students will apply and consolidate their knowledge in Physiology and Molecular Cell Biology to current global health challenges. Students' will develop critical awareness of current concepts, controversies and latest advances in biomedical science. Students will investigate the pathophysiology, current research and interventions of specific disorders having a major impact in the 21st century. Single disorders for in depth analysis will be chosen from: metabolic disorders, infectious diseases, cardiovascular diseases, neurodegenerative diseases and cancer. This Capstone unit will develop graduates as health professionals with the ability to critically assess current and future biomedical knowledge, providing a basis for independent lifelong learning.

Unit details

Location:
Study level:
Undergraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
HBM3202

Prerequisites

RBM2133 - Cell and Molecular Biology

HBM2106 - Human Genetics

RBM2200 - Functional Anatomy of the Head and Back

RBM2800 - Cardiorespiratory and Renal Physiology

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Conceptually map disorders from pathogenesis through to treatment;  
  2. Demonstrate an in depth knowledge of the pathophysiology of selected diseases;  
  3. Critically reflect on ethical principles underpinning biomedical science;  
  4. Critically review current advances in medical interventions/therapeutics;  
  5. Effectively and analytically communicate complex ideas/scientific literature in both written and oral formats.  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Presentation Journal article analysis (15 minutes) 10%
Essay Essay (1,500 words) 30%
Report Two (2) Workshop Reports (800 words each) 30%
Test Two (2) Topic tests (1.5 hours and 1,000 words each) 30%

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