ADVANCED TOPICS IN BIOMEDICAL SCIENCE A

MED3ATA

2019

Credit points: 15

This subject addresses La Trobe's Global Citizenship Essential. Global Citizenship is about learning to live in an interconnected world, including the social, environmental, political and economic challenges this brings.

Subject outline

In this subject, students will examine human immunology in health and disease, bacterial, viral and parasitic infectious diseases and further explore the hallmarks of cancer. Students will also discuss ethical issues in medical science and research and the key frameworks used to examine them. Through integrated case studies, students will examine the global diversity in disease incidence and treatment. Use of Western, traditional and complementary approaches to health and disease will be examined in the light of the World Health Organisation (WHO) traditional medicine strategy. This will continue to develop students information literacy, scientific communication and critical thinking skills, as well as address La Trobe's Global Citizenship Essential. Global Citizenship entails deep appreciation of how we live in an interconnected world, being able to recognize the global context of concepts, act across cultures and boundaries, and work with diverse communities now and in the future.

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 Must be admitted in one of the following course codes: SBMS, SBMSSI, SBSSI and must have passed MED2BMS and completed 60 credit points at second year; OR Must be admitted in one of the following course codes: SBSCW, SBMB, SBMD and must have passed MED1BSF and completed 75 credit points at second year or must be admitted into LWLBM (Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Biomedicine) course.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects MED3MSA

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Demonstrate knowledge of theoretical principles involved in the study, treatment and further research of human infection, immunity, and cancer biology.

Activities:
Quizzes are given in lectures as formative assessment of content knowledge. Written Examination questions.

02. Apply theoretical knowledge of biomedicine to explain new examples or clinical/research cases.

Activities:
Completion of case study modules and related assessments will require the application of discipline specific knowledge. Written examination questions require some application of knowledge in some instances.

03. Analyse and evaluate evidence obtained from primary information sources on disease-related topics.

Activities:
Lectures and online modules will explore these concepts. The written case study and online quizzes relating to the online modules will form the assessment.

04. Communicate complex scientific and biomedical ideas to both scientifically literate and lay audiences.

Activities:
Online modules which will include formative quizzes.

05. Analyse the complex issues, potential conflicts and dilemmas in bioethics and apply established frameworks to develop rational arguments to support a position.

Activities:
Online modules will develop the concepts and a final written proposal will be produced scaffolded by activities within the modules.

06. Demonstrate a critical awareness of the differences between evidence-based (western), traditional and complementary approaches to understanding and treating disease.

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.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2019, 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*
Three online quizzes (450-word equivalent total) (relating to online modules)15 02, 04
End of semester exam 1, 1.5hr (1,500-words equivalent)30 01, 02, 06
End of semester exam 2, 1.5hr (1,500-words equivalent)30 01, 02
Case study (1,000-words equivalent)The case study will be broken into 2 parts such that the first 400 words will be submitted separately allowing for feedback and skills development.25 03, 04, 05

Singapore (PSB), 2019, Term L1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNoni Frankenberg

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 02 - 07
Forty eight 1.0 hours lecture per study period on weekdays during the day from week 02 to week 07 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 02 - 07
Forty eight 1.0 hours lecture per study period on weekdays at night from week 02 to week 07 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Three online quizzes (450-word equivalent total) (relating to online modules)15 02, 04
End of semester exam 1, 1.5hr (1,500-words equivalent)30 01, 02, 06
End of semester exam 2, 1.5hr (1,500-words equivalent)30 01, 02
Case study (1,000-words equivalent)The case study will be broken into 2 parts such that the first 400 words will be submitted separately allowing for feedback and skills development.25 03, 04, 05

Singapore (PSB), 2019, Term L1, Night

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorNoni Frankenberg

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 02 - 07
Forty eight 1.0 hours lecture per study period on weekdays during the day from week 02 to week 07 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 02 - 07
Forty eight 1.0 hours lecture per study period on weekdays at night from week 02 to week 07 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Three online quizzes (450-word equivalent total) (relating to online modules)15 02, 04
End of semester exam 1, 1.5hr (1,500-words equivalent)30 01, 02, 06
End of semester exam 2, 1.5hr (1,500-words equivalent)30 01, 02
Case study (1,000-words equivalent)The case study will be broken into 2 parts such that the first 400 words will be submitted separately allowing for feedback and skills development.25 03, 04, 05