AHEA2203 Advanced Human Biological Sciences I

6 points
Not available in 2020UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit is a pathway course for Indigenous students seeking access to postgraduate health professional science courses. It introduces students to the molecular and cellular level of organisation within the human body and lays the foundation required for students to develop an understanding of biological processes. It also provides students with a broad coverage of genetic processes that play an integral role in human development. The unit addresses how our genes play an important role in our daily life and how this affects disease.
Students are able to (1) describe the structure and function of the human body at the cellular and molecular level; (2) demonstrate an understanding of the principles of human genetics with regards to disease; (3) explain the unique structuring and enabling properties of carbon; (4) describe the importance of membranes as borders and barriers and the facilitators of the transport of materials; (5) define the difference between mitotic and meiotic processes and recognise the separation of these processes in the body; (6) demonstrate a good understanding of scientific language; and (7) develop and write a scientific essay.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) continuous assessment and (2) end-of-semester examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Dawn Bessarab
Unit rules
AHEA1101 Aboriginal Health (or equivalent),
AHEA1103 Introduction to Human Biological Sciences I (or equivalent),
AHEA1104 Introduction to Human Biological Sciences II (or equivalent)
AHEA1102 Communication and Research Methods (or equivalent)
AHEA2204 Advanced Human Biological Sciences II
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 2 hours per week; labs: 2 hours per week
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