ADVANCED TOPICS IN BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE A

MED3ATA

2017

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, cancer biology and biomedical ethics. 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 consider ethical issues related to medical science and discuss some of the legislature and existing frameworks that support biomedical research and associated technologies.

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 must be enrolled in one of the following courses: SBMS, SBMSSI, SBSSI and must have completed 75 credit points at second year

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects MED3MSA

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

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

Activities:
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)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

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

Activities:
Completion of case study modules and related 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)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

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

Activities:
Case Study modules will be used for guided study of a biomedical case that involves application of concepts addressed in lectures. For two of the cases students will conduct further research and write a fully referenced report on an aspect of the assigned case topic.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

07. Discuss key guiding principles and frameworks that exist to support ethical considerations in biomedical science.

Activities:
Lecture material outlines the various frameworks and arguments for some common areas of ethical debate. Interactive lectures involve discussion of ethical scenarios and highlight the subjective nature of many elements of more complex issues.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Ethical behaviour,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2017, Semester 1, Day

Overview

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.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
3 online quizzes (300 word equiv) (MCQ relating to a case study module for each major topic15 01, 02
End of semester exam 1 (1.5hr)30 01, 02, 07
End of semester exam 2 (1.5hr)30 01, 02
case study 1 (400 word equiv)a short description of a mechanism or pathway involved in one of the 3 online case study modules - aiming to develop skills for the longer second case.10 01, 02, 06
case study 2 (800 word equiv)a written essay extending the underlying mechanisms and consequences of the one of the 3 online case study modules.15 01, 02, 06