Students must complete 300 points comprising:
- 225 points of core (biomedicine/science discipline) subjects including:
- At least 75 points at Level 1 including the compulsory subjects or approved equivalents.
- At least 62.5 points at Level 2 including the compulsory subjects or approved equivalents.
- At least 75 points at Level 3 including the compulsory subjects or approved equivalents and including the 50 points of a prescribed major.
- 50 points of breadth subjects including at least 12.5 points at Level 2 or Level 3
- 25 points (either biomedicine/science discipline subjects or breadth subjects) at Level 1, 2 or 3
The Bachelor of Biomedicine offers 13 majors across a range of biomedical disciplines:View Majors
Sample standard pathway for students NOT intending to complete Bioengineering Systems or Health Informatics major
|First Year Core Subjects|
|Biomolecules and CellsCore||12.5|
Biomolecules and Cells
This subject aims to familiarise students with modern concepts of molecular and cell biology as a foundation for further studies in biomedicine. Topics include the chemical building blocks of life, cell evolution and endosymbiosis; cell organelles, their structure and function; movement across membranes, enzymes and cellular reactions, energy transformations and energy recycling, cell division: mitosis and meiosis; Multicellularity depends on homeostasis and the physiological systems that regulate this process. In addition this subject introduces students to stem cells and their therapeutic potential and embryonic development (how life begins).
Detailed Information BIOL10002
|Chemistry for BiomedicineCore||12.5|
Chemistry for Biomedicine
An introduction to biomedical chemistry including the nature of: orbitals and bonding; chirality and its relevance to biology and medicine; organic molecules and functional groups; their reactivity; the structure and reactivity of bio-polymers; properties of solutions; the bio-geo-chemical cycles of selected elements; energy acquisition, storage and transport; bio-metals.
Detailed Information CHEM10006
|Semester 1 or 2||Points|
|Experimental Design and Data AnalysisCore||12.5|
Experimental Design and Data Analysis
This subject provides an understanding of the fundamental concepts of probability and statistics required for experimental design and data analysis in the health sciences. Initially the subject introduces common study designs, random sampling and randomised trials as well as numerical and visual methods of summarising data. It then focuses on understanding population characteristics such as means, variances, proportions, risk ratios, odds ratios, rates, prevalence, and measures used to assess the diagnostic value of a clinical test. Finally, after determining the sampling distributions of some common statistics, confidence intervals will be used to estimate these population characteristic...
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|Mathematics for BiomedicineCore||12.5|
Mathematics for Biomedicine
This subject will introduce mathematical techniques to illustrate the importance of quantitative modelling in biomedicine. Quantitative models will be explored in a variety of biomedical contexts. Emphasis will be placed on understanding how biological principles can give rise to quantitative models. Topics to be explored in a quantitative context include genetic variation over many generations, dynamic processes at the cellular level and the modeling of the spread of infectious diseases among populations.
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|Genes and EnvironmentCore||12.5|
Genes and Environment
The objective of this subject is to familiarise students with model systems for research in biomedicine; bacteria: beneficial and harmful bacteria; viruses and infectious molecules; fungal pathogens and the role of fungi in medicine; evolution of primates and humans. The modern concepts of genetics, human evolution and model organisms used in biomedicine research. Topics include the genetic consequence of meiosis; inheritance; chromosomes, genes/alleles, dominance relationships, autosomal/sex-linked inheritance; one locus, blood groups, pedigree analysis, examples of human genetic disease; more than one locus, gene interaction, linkage, multifactorial/quantitative inheritance, heritabilit...
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|Semester 2 - choice of one of these physics subjects||Points|
|Physics for BiomedicineCore||12.5|
Physics for Biomedicine
This subject will develop students' appreciation of the importance of physical principles to biomedicine as well as their understanding of the principles underpinning human structure and function, medical diagnostics and therapeutics. The subject provides an introduction to: Mechanics: in the context of human and animal movement (introduction to Newton's laws of motion, energy transfer and transformation). Waves: the basis of modern physics including lasers;Fluids: blood flow, respiration (pressure in fluids, fluid flow, viscosity); Thermal physics: energy balance of living organisms (thermal energy, temperature, heating processes, first law of thermodynamics); Electricity and magnetism: ...
Detailed Information PHYC10007
|Physics 2: Life Sciences & EnvironmentCore||12.5|
Physics 2: Life Sciences & Environment
This subject aims to develop students’ understanding of the physics principles underpinning biological and environmental systems. It is designed for students with a sound background in physics, whose interests lie mainly in the biological sciences. Topics include: Fluids: blood pressure and the circulatory system, breathing and respiration (pressure in fluids, fluid flow, viscosity). Thermal physics: heating and cooling, energy balance of living organisms, ion movement across membranes (temperature and thermal energy, phase changes, heat transfer mechanisms, first law of thermodynamics, diffusion). Electricity and magnetism: bioelectricity, nerve conduction, electrical safety, power trans...
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|Second Year Core Subjects|
|Molecular and Cellular BiomedicineCore||25|
Molecular and Cellular Biomedicine
The subject introduces students to the molecular and cellular aspects of biological systems, with particular emphasis on human biology. The course is arranged for students to develop an understanding of the molecular aspects of biology at the biomolecular, sub-cellular and cellular level, leading to systems biology at an organismal level. This includes an understanding of the molecular and cellular basis of infections and host cell responses. The subject is multi-disciplinary being co-taught by staff in the departments of Anatomy & Neuroscience, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Genetics, Microbiology & immunology, and Pathology. There is particular emphasis on integration of these discip...
Detailed Information BIOM20001
|Human Structure and FunctionCore||25|
Human Structure and Function
The subject introduces students to the organisation and function of the human body. General principles of anatomy, basic embryology and the characteristics of the major tissues and organs are covered. The concept of homeostasis, neural and humoral control systems and aspects of oxygen transport, digestion and metabolism, acid-base and fluid balance and temperature regulation are studied. Foundations of pharmacology, receptor-ligand interactions and principles of drug action are covered.
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|Third Year Core Subjects|
|Biomedicine: Molecule to MaladyCore||12.5|
Biomedicine: Molecule to Malady
This subject provides students with an insight into how medical problems are approached in the 21st century. Students spend 5-6 hours addressing each of six “maladies”, selected to demonstrate the holistic nature of medical practice and the integration of biomedical research into the development of novel diagnostics and evidence-based therapies. Each module includes elements of normal anatomy and physiology, the epidemiology and the pathology of disease, including any genetic, microbiological, immunological, and inflammatory processes that underpin the pathology. Finally, the public health implications of the malady are considered wherever possible.
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|Frontiers in BiomedicineCore||12.5|
Frontiers in Biomedicine
In this subject, students are presented with established and developing issues affecting health and disease that require a holistic appreciation of medical biology, including anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, pathology, microbiology, immunology and pharmacology. Students should gain an integrated understanding of selected health issues that will be explored across their breadth of complexity from molecular mechanisms through to population health considerations. Health issues include: obesity and the metabolic syndrome; allergy, genes and the environment; new approaches to treatment and prevention of drug-dependence; evaluating new therapeutics. Students should also gain an appreciation o...
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|Third Year Major Sequence|
50 points of prescribed study in a biomedicine discipline: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Bioengineering Systems; Biotechnology; Cell and Developmental Biology; Genetics; Health Informatics; Human Structure and Function; Immunology; Microbiology and Immunology; Neuroscience; Pathology; Pharmacology; Physiology.
Detailed Information B-BMED
25 points of selective subjects. A selective is a subject from a relevant biomedicine or science discipline area. N.B. Selectives may have prerequisites and/or corequisites.
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