Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Advanced Topics in Biomedical Science A MED3ATA is a third year subject that consists of topics in infection and immunity, and cancer biology and will include foundation skills in exploring and interpreting the medical science literature. We will examine human immunology in health and disease, infectious diseases and continue the exploration of the hallmarks of cancer begun in MED2BMS including cell cycle control and cell death, metastasis and angiogenesis, tumour immunology, molecular pharmacology and therapeutics. Students will be introduced to the Cochrane library and develop an understanding of trial design, the issues to consider in interpretation of clinical data and meta-analyses and ethical issues related to medical science.

SchoolSchool of Molecular Sciences/LIMS

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorFiona Carroll

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites MED2BMS and HMK2RIA and must have completed 75 credit points at second year.


Incompatible subjects MED3MSA

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Only available to students enrolled in the Hallmark Program.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Discuss key principles and give examples describing our current understanding of human infection and immunity, and cancer biology.

Quizzes are given in lectures as formative assessment of content knowledge. Case Studies (see ILO 6) Written Examination questions.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)

02. Apply these principles to understand and explain new examples or clinical/research cases.

Discussion of case for the case study assessments will require the application of discipline specific knowledge (see ILO6). Written examination questions require some application of knowledge in some instances.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)

06. Summarise knowledge of disease-related topics with application to a specific 'case' supported by evidence obtained from primary information sources.

Case Study sessions are used for guided study and group discussion of the case in light of current knowledge. Students then research the topic further and write a fully referenced report on the assigned case topic.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2016, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorFiona Carroll

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
Four 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Case study reports - 2 x 750 words20 02, 06
End of semester exam 1 (2h)40 01, 02
End of semester exam 2 (2h)40 01, 02