UWA Handbook 2017

Major details

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

Degree-specific major

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

BP004 Bachelor of 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; N/A = not available in 2017

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2018 or 2019.

Level 1

Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S1 IMED1001 Form and Function Prerequisites: enrolment in the Medical Sciences (MEDSC) major
S1 IMED1002 The Facts of Life Prerequisites: enrolment in the Medical Sciences (MEDSC) major
Take all complementary units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
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

Level 2

Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
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
Take all complementary units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
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

Take all units (24 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
N/A 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
N/A 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
N/A 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
N/A 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 Science course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP004-MEDSC (opens in a new window)

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 Commerce, Bachelor of Design 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 Science course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP004-MEDSC-Generic (opens in a new window)

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

Medical Sciences can also be taken as a second major.

Second major

Second major

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

BP001 Bachelor of Arts
BP002 Bachelor of Commerce
BP003 Bachelor of Design
BP004 Bachelor of Science
BH005 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

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; N/A = not available in 2017

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2018 or 2019.

Level 1

Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
S1 IMED1001 Form and Function Prerequisites: enrolment in the Medical Sciences (MEDSC) major
S1 IMED1002 The Facts of Life Prerequisites: enrolment in the Medical Sciences (MEDSC) major
Take all additional units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
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

Level 2

Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
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
Take all additional units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
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

Take all units (24 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name  Unit rules
N/A 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
N/A 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
N/A 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
N/A 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 (opens in a new window)

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

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