IMED1002 The Facts of Life
- 6 points
If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.
Availability Location Mode Semester 1 UWA (Perth) Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
- Details for undergraduate courses
- Level 1 core unit in the Medical Sciences; Integrated Medical Sciences and Clinical Practice; Vision Science major sequences
- This unit is designed to provide students with an understanding of basic chemistry, biochemistry, cell biology, genetics and human heredity.
- Students are able to (1) understand basic chemistry of atoms, molecules and chemical bonds; (2) understand the role of water, acid/base and buffers in biological systems; (3) define macromolecule structure and function; (4) explain the structure and function of proteins and their roles in cellular processes; (5) explain the concept and structure of a gene and the relationship between genes, chromosomes and DNA; (6) describe the central dogma and all stages in protein synthesis and control of gene expression; (7) list the types of eukaryotic RNA and their functions; (8) explain basic concepts of mutations and the relationship to protein function; (9) explain the principles of inheritance of traits and relationship to chromosomes and genes; (10) identify basic characteristics of the eukaryotic cell cycle and mitosis; (11) explain the process of meiosis and the overall significance of meiosis for reproduction and genetic variation; (12) describe the genetic basis of some common human genetic disorders; (13) understand the process and uses of PCR for diagnostics; and (14) describe and explain basic techniques used to study molecules and cells.
- Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) final examination; (2) in-semester test; and (3) practical session and self-directed learning assessments. 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)
- Associate Professor Elizabeth Quail
- Unit rules
- enrolment in the Medical Sciences (MEDSC) major, or Integrated Medical Science and Clinical Practice (IMSCP) major, or Vision Science (VISSC) major.
Approved quota: 400—a place in the unit is determined on a first-come, first-served basis. Selection is based on time of enrolment with first places given to students enrolled in this major as a degree-specific and second to students enrolled as a second major. Any remaining places are given to those students according to when they enrol until all places are filled.
- Contact hours
- lectures: 3 hours per week; practical sessions: 15 hours per semester
- The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
- All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
- Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.