Dermal Sciences 4

    Unit code: HBD3204 | Study level: Undergraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    City Campus
    Online Real Time
    HBD3104 - Dermal Sciences 3
    (Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


    This unit will build on the knowledge base provided by HBD2102 Dermal Sciences 1 and HBD2202 Dermal Sciences 2 by further investigating concepts of ageing of the integumentary system, and craniofacial anatomy. The influence of race and sex upon integumentary system and craniofacial anatomy will also be explored. Knowledge of cell biology, biochemistry and genomics will be developed to explain human development across the lifespan, with a focus on the influences from the endocrine system and theories relating to ageing.

    Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

    1. Evaluate how genotype may translate to phenotype to determine the genetic basis of diseases relevant to dermal practice;
    2. Identify the relationship between genomic information and the epigenome to determine the role within inflammatory skin conditions and ageing;
    3. Analyse variations of the integument and cranial facial development related to age, sex, race, and gender diversity;
    4. Integrate and extend knowledge of the endocrine and integumentary systems to deduce the relationship between autoimmune diseases, endocrine disorders, advancing age and skin conditions; and
    5. Critically review the various theories of ageing and interrogate the role of endogenous and exogenous contributors to ageing.


    For Melbourne campuses

    Assessment type: Test
    Grade: 20%
    Three (3) online tests (30 mins each duration)
    Assessment type: Assignment
    Grade: 45%
    Three (3) weekly podcasts each with a 500-word written script (each podcast 5 minutes duration)
    Assessment type: Presentation
    Grade: 35%
    Poster Presentation (submission of PowerPoint academic poster and 5-minute presentation)

    Required reading

    Biology of Ageing
    McDonald, R. (2019)| Connecticut, USA: Taylor and Francis

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