IMED1003 Cell Survival and Communication

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 complementary unit in the Medical Sciences; Integrated Medical Sciences and Clinical Practice major sequences
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Life and Health Sciences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 1 additional unit in the Medical Sciences second major sequence
This unit integrates knowledge on metabolic function and nutrition, and signalling and communication.
Students are able to (1) understand foundations of cellular energy, reactions and equilibrium, including oxidation/reduction reactions; (2) explain and integrate the pathways of human metabolism; (3) understand the role of metabolic pathways in providing energy to the cell; (4) explain metabolic changes throughout life; (5) gain an understanding of the importance and impact of inborn errors of metabolism; (6) explain how cells communicate, including signalling within a cell, between cells and between body systems; (7) gain an understanding of how metabolism can impact disease; (8) gain an understanding of mechanisms and molecules involved in transport in the blood; (9) understand the importance of acid-base homeostasis and regulation of blood pH in the body; (10) describe cholesterol homeostasis and regulation of cell cholesterol; and (11) acquire skills in biochemical laboratory techniques.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) final examination; (2) in-semester test; and (3) practical session and/or 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
IMED1001 Form and Function
IMED1002 The Facts of Life
IMED1004 Understanding Health and Disease in People and Populations
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: 22 hours per semester
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