SCIE5515 Global Challenges in Biomedical Science

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content
This unit considers a range of global biomedical challenges (e.g. obesity, cancer, neurological diseases, cardiovascular disease, etc.) with a focus on how various sub-disciplines (e.g. Physiology, Neuroscience, Pharmacology, Biochemistry, etc.) contribute to—(1) the underlying biology of these challenges; and (2) the development of appropriate solutions to them. For example, consideration of lifestyle diseases prevalent in Western societies (e.g. the Metabolic Syndrome) include an understanding of the evolutionary drivers that underpin the disease, how normal physiology is disrupted, and the range of therapeutic interventions that are currently available (both lifestyle and pharmacological). A key feature of the unit is that students bring their own sub-disciplinary focus (i.e. from their chosen specialisation within the Biomedical Science course) to structured group work that includes presentations and discussions guided by current biomedical researchers. These activities lead to a multidisciplinary understanding of historical biomedical solutions and an associated capacity to consider novel alternatives. Students apply these skills to current and hypothetical biomedical challenges.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) understand how their own sub-discipline of Biomedical Science contributes to overall solutions to global biomedical challenges; (2) work collaboratively with students from other sub-disciplines to develop novel solutions to biomedical challenges; (3) search and manage literature and think critically from a multidisciplinary perspective; and (4) effectively communicate their knowledge.
Assessment
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) individual oral presentations; (2) group oral presentation; (3) research essay; and (4) quizzes (throughout semester). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Shane Maloney and Professor Marc Tennant
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Biomedical Science (71520)
or
the Master of Biotechnology (71580)
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 2 hours per week
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