Major Overview

Description

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 Dental Medicine and Doctor of Podiatric Medicine courses, and those offered specific entry at the time of admission.

Outcomes

Students are able to (1) explain basic body plan, organisation, histology, physiology, cell communication and cell biology; (2) explain basic chemistry, biochemistry, genetics and human heredity; (3) integrate knowledge on metabolic function and nutrition, cell cycle and signaling and disregulation causing cancer; (4) discuss aspects of public and population health, epidemiology, Aboriginal, migrant and refugee health, healthcare systems and resource allocation in Australia; (5) explain 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 the importance of appropriate communication in the health profession,; (8) demonstrate an understanding of religious, social and cultural differences within Australia; (9) demonstrate basic research skills, including medical research design, evidence and association and statistical analyses; (10) demonstrate knowledge of human embryology and development, the human genome and aetiology of disorders associated with genetic abnormalities; (11) 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 (12) 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.

Broadening guidelines

All students studying towards a Bachelor's Degree at UWA are required to Broaden their studies by completing a minimum of four units (24 points) of study outside their degree specific major. Broadening is your opportunity to explore other areas of interest, investigate new disciplines and knowledge paradigms and to shape your degree to suit your own aspirations and interests. Many of you will be able to undertake more than this minimum amount of broadening study and we encourage you to do so if this suits your aspirations. Over the next few months you will find here some broadening suggestions related to your degree-specific major. While we know that many students value guidance of this sort, these are only suggestions and students should not lose sight of the opportunity to explore that is afforded by your Broadening Choices. Advice can also be sought from your Allocated Student Advising Office.

Prerequisites

(1A) Mathematics Applications ATAR or equivalent or higher; or

(1B) MATH1720 as a bridging unit

(2A) Chemistry ATAR or equivalent; or

(2B) CHEM1003 as a bridging unit

Courses

Medical Sciences [not available in 2023] can be taken as a degree-specific major in the following degree courses:

No study plans found for this major. See study plans for more information.

Units

Key to availability of units:
S1
Semester 1
S2
Semester 2
N/A
not available in 2023 – may be available in 2024 or 2025

Students without WACE or ATAR Chemistry are required to successfully complete CHEM1003 in first year. Students who do not have ATAR Mathematics Applications or equivalent or higher, are required to sucessfully complete MATH1720 in their first year.

Level 1

Degree-specific major units

Take all units (24 points):

Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 IMED1001 Form and Function
Prerequisites
Enrolment in
MJD-MEDSC Medical Sciences
or MJD-IMSCP Integrated Medical Sciences and Clinical Practice
or MJD-VISSC Vision Science
or MJD-ENGSC Engineering Science (specialisation in Biomedical Engineering)
or MJD-EBMEG Biomedical Engineering
or MJD-PHMSC Podiatric Health and Medical Sciences
S1 IMED1002 The Facts of Life
Prerequisites
Enrolment in
Major(s) MJD-IMSCP Integrated Medical Sciences and Clinical Practice
or MJD-DENTS Integrated Dental Sciences
or MJD-PHMSC Podiatric Health and Medical Sciences or equivalent
S2 IMED1003 Cell Survival and Communication
Prerequisites
IMED1001 Form and Function (ID 5965)
Co-requisites
IMED1004 Health and Society (ID 5968)
S2 IMED1004 Health and Society
Prerequisites
IMED1001 Form and Function (ID 5965)
Co-requisites
IMED1003 Cell Survival and Communication (ID 5967)
Bridging units

Take units if applicable:

Students who have not achieved a scaled mark of at least 50 in ATAR Mathematics Applications or equivalent or higher, will need to successfully complete MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals in their first 48 points of study in this course. Student who have not achieved a scaled mark of at least 50 in ATAR Chemistry or equivalent, are required to successfully complete CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry in their first 48 points of study in this course.

Students who have not achieved a scaled mark of at least 50 in ATAR Mathematics Applications or equivalent or higher, will need to successfully complete MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals in their first 48 points of study in this course. Student who have not achieved a scaled mark of at least 50 in ATAR Chemistry or equivalent, are required to successfully complete CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry in their first 48 points of study in this course.

Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, S2 CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry
Incompatibility
ATAR Subject(s) Chemistry or equivalent
S1, S2 MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals
Prerequisites
Mathematics Applications ATAR [with a scaled score of less than 50] or with permission
Incompatibility
Mathematics Applications ATAR [with a scaled score of 50 or greater] or Equivalent or higher

Level 2

Degree-specific major units

Take all units (24 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
S2 IMED2003 Medical Sciences Research Methodologies
Prerequisites
IMED2001 Body Defences (ID 5969)
Co-requisites
IMED2004 Human Development and Genetics
S2 IMED2004 Human Development and Genetics
Prerequisites
IMED2001 Body Defences (ID 5969)
Co-requisites
IMED2003 Medical Sciences Research Methodologies (ID 5971)

Level 3

Degree-specific major units

Take all units (24 points):

Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
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
S2 IMED3003 Body Systems and Disease III
Prerequisites
IMED3001 Body Systems and Disease I (ID 5973)
Co-requisites
IMED3004 Body Systems and Disease IV (ID 5976)
S2 IMED3004 Body Systems and Disease IV
Prerequisites
IMED3001 Body Systems and Disease I (ID 5973)
Co-requisites
IMED3003 Body Systems and Disease III (ID 5975)