Medical Sciences major

The Medical Sciences single major will encompass a wide range of disciplines within the health and medical sciences. This major will focus on mechanisms of health and human disease. Specifically, this major will provide students the background knowledge across all the pre-clinical scientific disciplines including, anatomy, biochemistry, microbiology, pathology, pharmacology, physiology and public health. These disciplines will be integrated within the four Level 3 units encompassing Body Systems and Disease.

Further, communication and research skills for the health professional will be presented throughout the major. The major will include studies on aspects of Australian society and culture, including Aboriginal health and migrant and refugee health.

This major is only available to students on direct pathways to the Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Dental Medicine, Doctor of Podiatric Medicine or Master of Pharmacy courses, and those offered specific entry at time of admission.

Outcomes

Students are able to (1) discuss basic body plan, organisation, histology, physiology, cell communication and cell biology; (2) understand basic chemistry, biochemistry, genetics and human heredity; (3) integrate knowledge on metabolic function and nutrition, cell cycle and signaling and disregulation causing cancer; (4) promote and participate in discussions on aspects of public and population health, epidemiology, Aboriginal, migrant and refugee health, healthcare systems and resource allocation in Australia; (5) understand basic body defences, including immune system structure and function, microbials and infection; (6) integrate knowledge on blood and blood pathologies, drug delivery and metabolism and associated pharmacological aspects; (7) discuss and appreciate the importance of appropriate communication in the health profession, gain an understanding of religious, social and cultural differences within Australia, and develop basic research skills, including medical research design, evidence and association and statistical analyses; (8) demonstrate knowledge of human embryology and development, the human genome and aetiology of disorders associated with genetic abnormalities; (9) explain generic principles of clinically relevant normal and abnormal human structure, function, behaviour, development, and outline the classification, epidemiology, aetiology, pathophysiology, common clinical and pathological manifestations, natural history, diagnostic principles and therapeutic principles for some specified medical conditions in the skin and musculoskeletal; nervous and neurological; cardiovascular; respiratory; gastrointestinal; renal; endocrine, haematological and immunological systems; and (10) explain generic principles of clinically relevant normal and abnormal human structure, function, behaviour, development, and outline the classification, epidemiology, aetiology, pathophysiology, common clinical and pathological manifestations, natural history, diagnostic principles and therapeutic principles for some specified medical conditions in the reproductive system, and discuss human life course changes.

Degree-specific major

Medical Sciences can be taken as a degree-specific major in the following degree courses:

BP006 Bachelor of Biomedical Science
BH005 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

Overview of unit sequence

Medical Sciences is a degree-specific single major comprising:

  • two Level 1 units
  • two Level 2 units
  • four Level 3 units
  • two Level 1 complementary units
  • two Level 2 complementary units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2

Students without WACE or ATAR Chemsitry are required to complete CHEM1003 in first year.

Level 1

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 IMED1001 Form and Function
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Medical Sciences (MEDSC) major
or
the Engineering Science (Biomedical Engineering) (ENGSC) major
S1 IMED1002 The Facts of Life
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Medical Sciences (MEDSC) major
Complementary units
Take all complementary units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 IMED1003 Cell Survival and Communication
Prerequisites:
IMED1001 Form and Function
and
IMED1002 The Facts of Life
Co-requisites:
IMED1004 Understanding Health and Disease in People and Populations
S2 IMED1004 Understanding Health and Disease in People and Populations
Prerequisites:
IMED1001 Form and Function
and
IMED1002 The Facts of Life
Co-requisites:
IMED1003 Cell Survival and Communication
Degree-specific major units
Student without WACE Chemistry, enrol in CHEM1003.
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry
Incompatibility:
This unit is not available to students who have a satisfactory performance (scaled score of 50 per cent
or
more) in Chemistry ATAR
or
WACE Chemistry 3A/3B
or
TEE Chemistry,
or
equivalent.

Level 2

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 IMED2001 Body Defences
Prerequisites:
IMED1003 Cell Survival and Communication
and
IMED1004 Understanding Health and Disease in People and Populations
Co-requisites:
IMED2002 Blood and Drugs
S1 IMED2002 Blood and Drugs
Prerequisites:
IMED1003 Cell Survival and Communication
and
IMED1004 Understanding Health and Disease in People and Populations
Co-requisites:
IMED2001 Body Defences
Complementary units
Take all complementary units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 IMED2003 Essentials of Research in the Health and Medical Sciences
Prerequisites:
IMED2001 Body Defences
and
IMED2002 Blood and Drugs
Co-requisites:
IMED2004 Human Development and Genetics
S2 IMED2004 Human Development and Genetics
Prerequisites:
IMED2001 Body Defences
and
IMED2002 Blood and Drugs
Co-requisites:
IMED2003 Essentials of Research in the Health and Medical Sciences

Level 3

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (24 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 IMED3001 Body Systems and Disease I
Prerequisites:
IMED2003 Essentials of Research in the Health and Medical Sciences
and
IMED2004 Human Development and Genetics
Co-requisites:
IMED3002 Body Systems and Disease II
S1 IMED3002 Body Systems and Disease II
Prerequisites:
IMED2003 Essentials of Research in the Health and Medical Sciences
and
IMED2004 Human Development and Genetics
Co-requisites:
IMED3001 Body Systems and Disease I
S2 IMED3003 Body Systems and Disease III
Prerequisites:
IMED3001 Body Systems and Disease I
and
IMED3002 Body Systems and Disease II
Co-requisites:
IMED3004 Body Systems and Disease IV
S2 IMED3004 Body Systems and Disease IV
Prerequisites:
IMED3001 Body Systems and Disease I
and
IMED3002 Body Systems and Disease II
Co-requisites:
IMED3003 Body Systems and Disease III

Choosing your degree-specific major

You must satisfy the requirements of a degree-specific major before you complete your course. The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you to try out a number of different subjects to see what interests you before nominating your degree-specific major. You have the choice to either nominate your degree-specific major when you first enrol in the course or delay nominating it until your second year.

To plan the first year of your study without nominating a degree-specific major, you are advised to choose units that will pave the way to two or more degree-specific majors that are of interest to you. For examples of the choice of units available in first year, search the first-year study plans .

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how the Medical Sciences degree-specific major can be included in the Bachelor of Biomedical Science course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP006-MEDSC

There are more choices open to you. For more examples, search the study plans .

Choosing a second major

You also have the option to choose a second major from those available in the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Biomedical Science, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design Only available to re-enrolling students. or Bachelor of Science course, giving you the opportunity to pursue your interests no matter how different they are.

The following example illustrates how the Medical Sciences degree-specific major can be combined with a second major in the Bachelor of Biomedical Science course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP006-MEDSC-Generic

For more examples of combinations of majors, search the study plans .

Medical Sciences can also be taken as a second major.

Second major

Medical Sciences can be taken as a second major in the following degree courses:

Overview of unit sequence

The Medical Sciences second major is a single major comprising:

  • two Level 1 units
  • two Level 2 units
  • four Level 3 units
  • two Level 1 additional units
  • two Level 2 additional units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2

Students without WACE or ATAR Chemsitry are required to complete CHEM1003 in first year.

Level 1

Second major units
Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 IMED1001 Form and Function
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Medical Sciences (MEDSC) major
or
the Engineering Science (Biomedical Engineering) (ENGSC) major
S1 IMED1002 The Facts of Life
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Medical Sciences (MEDSC) major
Second major units
Take all additional units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 IMED1003 Cell Survival and Communication
Prerequisites:
IMED1001 Form and Function
and
IMED1002 The Facts of Life
Co-requisites:
IMED1004 Understanding Health and Disease in People and Populations
S2 IMED1004 Understanding Health and Disease in People and Populations
Prerequisites:
IMED1001 Form and Function
and
IMED1002 The Facts of Life
Co-requisites:
IMED1003 Cell Survival and Communication
Second major units
Student without WACE Chemistry, enrol in CHEM1003.
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry
Incompatibility:
This unit is not available to students who have a satisfactory performance (scaled score of 50 per cent
or
more) in Chemistry ATAR
or
WACE Chemistry 3A/3B
or
TEE Chemistry,
or
equivalent.

Level 2

Second major units
Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 IMED2001 Body Defences
Prerequisites:
IMED1003 Cell Survival and Communication
and
IMED1004 Understanding Health and Disease in People and Populations
Co-requisites:
IMED2002 Blood and Drugs
S1 IMED2002 Blood and Drugs
Prerequisites:
IMED1003 Cell Survival and Communication
and
IMED1004 Understanding Health and Disease in People and Populations
Co-requisites:
IMED2001 Body Defences
Second major units
Take all additional units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 IMED2003 Essentials of Research in the Health and Medical Sciences
Prerequisites:
IMED2001 Body Defences
and
IMED2002 Blood and Drugs
Co-requisites:
IMED2004 Human Development and Genetics
S2 IMED2004 Human Development and Genetics
Prerequisites:
IMED2001 Body Defences
and
IMED2002 Blood and Drugs
Co-requisites:
IMED2003 Essentials of Research in the Health and Medical Sciences

Level 3

Second major units
Take all units (24 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 IMED3001 Body Systems and Disease I
Prerequisites:
IMED2003 Essentials of Research in the Health and Medical Sciences
and
IMED2004 Human Development and Genetics
Co-requisites:
IMED3002 Body Systems and Disease II
S1 IMED3002 Body Systems and Disease II
Prerequisites:
IMED2003 Essentials of Research in the Health and Medical Sciences
and
IMED2004 Human Development and Genetics
Co-requisites:
IMED3001 Body Systems and Disease I
S2 IMED3003 Body Systems and Disease III
Prerequisites:
IMED3001 Body Systems and Disease I
and
IMED3002 Body Systems and Disease II
Co-requisites:
IMED3004 Body Systems and Disease IV
S2 IMED3004 Body Systems and Disease IV
Prerequisites:
IMED3001 Body Systems and Disease I
and
IMED3002 Body Systems and Disease II
Co-requisites:
IMED3003 Body Systems and Disease III

Choosing a second major

The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you the option of including a second major. You have the choice to either nominate your second major when you first enrol in the course or delay it until your second year. For a major to be recorded on your academic record it must be nominated before the requirements of the course are completed.

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how Medical Sciences can be included as a second major in an undergraduate degree course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSPGeneric-DSMGeneric-MEDSC

For more examples of combinations of majors, search the study plans .

Medical Sciences can also be taken as a degree-specific major.