Studying online

There are now 3 possible online modes for units:

Units with modes Online timetabled and Online flexible are available for any student to self-enrol and study online.

Units available in Online Restricted mode have been adapted for online study only for those students who require the unit to complete their studies and who are unable to attend campus owing to exceptional circumstances beyond their control. To be enrolled in a unit in Online Restricted mode, students should contact their Student Advising Office through askUWA

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Unit Overview


This unit considers a range of global biomedical challenges (e.g. obesity, cancer, neurological diseases, cardiovascular disease, etc.) with a focus on how various sub-disciplines (e.g. Physiology, Neuroscience, Pharmacology, Biochemistry, etc.) contribute to—(1) the underlying biology of these challenges; and (2) the development of appropriate solutions to them. For example, consideration of lifestyle diseases prevalent in Western societies (e.g. the Metabolic Syndrome) include an understanding of the evolutionary drivers that underpin the disease, how normal physiology is disrupted, and the range of therapeutic interventions that are currently available (both lifestyle and pharmacological). A key feature of the unit is that students bring their own sub-disciplinary focus (i.e. from their chosen specialisation within the Biomedical Science course) to structured group work that includes presentations and discussions guided by current biomedical researchers. These activities lead to a multidisciplinary understanding of historical biomedical solutions and an associated capacity to consider novel alternatives. Students apply these skills to current and hypothetical biomedical challenges.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1OnlineOnline timetabled
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2OnlineOnline timetabled

Students are able to (1) understand how their own sub-discipline of Biomedical Science contributes to overall solutions to global biomedical challenges; (2) work collaboratively with students from other sub-disciplines to develop novel solutions to biomedical challenges; (3) search and manage literature and think critically from a multidisciplinary perspective; and (4) effectively communicate their knowledge.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) individual oral presentations; (2) group oral presentation; (3) research essay; and (4) quizzes (throughout semester). 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)
Professor Shane Maloney, Dr Silvana Gaudieri and Professor Marc Tennant
Unit rules
enrolment in
the Master of Biomedical Science (71520)
or the Master of Biotechnology (71580)
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week
tutorials: 2 hours per week
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
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