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.


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.

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

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

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. Summarise and communicate knowledge of disease related topics in the global context with application to a specific 'case' supported by evidence obtained from primary information sources.

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. Examine the influences of Western, traditional and complementary approaches to understanding and treating a specific disease.

Online modules which will include formative quizzes.

05. Construct a proposal which is culturally sensitive and improves the safety and evidence based usage of a traditional or complementary medicine.

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

06. Use key guiding principles and frameworks that exist to support ethical considerations in biomedical science and use these to develop arguments pertaining to current ethical issues.

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, 2018, 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*
3 online quizzes (450 word equiv) (relating to online modules)15 02, 04
End of semester exam 1 (1.5hr)30 01, 02, 06
End of semester exam 2 (1.5hr)30 01, 02
Case study (1000 word equiv)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