Applied Biomedical Science

    Unit code: HBM3202 | Study level: Undergraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    St Albans
    RBM2133 - Cell and Molecular Biology
    HBM2106 - Human Genetics
    RBM2200 - Functional Anatomy of the Head and Back
    RBM2800 - Cardiorespiratory and Renal Physiology
    (Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


    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. Through this Capstone unit students will develop the ability to critically assess current and future biomedical knowledge, providing a basis for independent lifelong learning.

    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.


    For Melbourne campuses

    Assessment type: Exercise
    Grade: 15%
    Practical Application Scenario (1000 words)
    Assessment type: Case Study
    Grade: 35%
    Case study report (1,500 words)
    Assessment type: Report
    Grade: 40%
    Two (2) Workshop Reports (1000 words each)
    Assessment type: Exercise
    Grade: 10%
    Lab Observation and Workflow Exercise (500 words)

    Required reading

    Students will have access to articles from primary scientific literature and recommended readings via VU Collaborate.

    As part of a course

    This unit is not compulsory for any specific course. Depending on the course you study, this unit may be taken as an elective.

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