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Unit Overview


In this unit students will gain an understanding of the fundamentals of two key disciplines of the biomedical sciences, haematology (the study of blood and blood pathologies) and pharmacology (the study of drugs and how they interact with our bodies), and an insight into how in some instances these disciplines may intersect (e.g. pharmacologic treatment of blood disorders).

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Integrated Medical Sciences and Clinical Practice; Integrated Dental Sciences; Podiatric Health and Medical Sciences; Medical Science major sequences

Students are able to (1) describe the production, function, and assessment of normal blood cells; (2) describe pathological processes that can lead to abnormal blood cells; (3) describe the normal processes and assessment of blood clotting; (4) describe pathological processes that can lead to inappropriate bleeding and clotting; (5) describe the blood groups, blood products for transfusion and testing to ensure compatibility; (6) describe pharmacokinetic processes that regulate the fate of drugs in the body; (7) discuss drug action at the molecular, cellular, tissue, and whole-body levels and the role of pharmacogenomics in determining individual variation in drug response; (8) explain the effects of adrenergic and cholinergic drugs on the autonomic nervous system; (9) describe the underlying mechanisms of adverse drug reactions and drug-induced toxicities; and (10) discuss medications used in the management of blood diseases.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) final examination; (2) in-semester tests; and (3) practical assessments. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Ricky Chen
Unit rules
IMED1003 Cell Survival and Communication
and IMED1004 Health and Society
IMED2001 Body Defences
Approved quota: 240—a quota of 240 has been set and only students who have successfully completed IMED1003 and IMED1004 in the MJD-IMSCP, MJD-DENTS, MJD-PHMSC, or MJD-MEDSI may enrol.
Contact hours
lectures: 3 hours per week
practical sessions: up to 10 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.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.