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Frontiers in Biomedicine (BIOM30001)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2017
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeBIOM30001
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

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 of the research process and its relationship to the evolution of therapeutic approaches including public health initiatives that assist in health promotion and disease control, through prevention and effective treatment.

Intended learning outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students should have:

  • an ability to use an interdisciplinary approach to studying diseases;
  • an ability to use a holistic view of medical biology to systematically analyse diseases for opportunities for intervention;
  • the capacity to see how a better understanding of disease biology leads to new public health initiatives, new diagnostic protocols, treatments or prevention of disease through eg. the use of personalised medicines; health promotion; novel applications of established drugs;
  • an appreciation of issues in the conduct of ethical research and an ability to act as an advocate for medical research.

Generic skills

Upon completion of this subject, students should have developed the following generic skills:

  • the ability to interpret scientific literature and interpret data from electronic databases;
  • the capacity to integrate knowledge across disciplines;
  • the ability to comprehend a question, evaluate the relevant information and communicate an answer;
  • an appreciation of the ability to communicate scientific knowledge to an informed lay audience.

Eligibility and requirements


Prerequisites are both:

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
BIOM20001 Molecular and Cellular Biomedicine
Semester 1
BIOM20002 Human Structure and Function
Semester 2



Non-allowed subjects


Recommended background knowledge

Completion of 2nd year of Bachelor of Biomedicine

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

  • Continuing assessment (40%);
  • One practical assessment (10%);
  • 2 hour written examination in the final examination period (50%).

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorsRosa Mccarty and Terrence Mulhern
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursThree x 1 hour lectures per week plus six x 1 hour tutorials per semester plus one x 4 hour practicals per semester
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period24 July 2017 to 22 October 2017
    Last self-enrol date 4 August 2017
    Census date31 August 2017
    Last date to withdraw without fail22 September 2017
    Assessment period ends17 November 2017

    Semester 2 contact information

    Subject Coordinator

    Dr Rosa Mccarty and Dr Terry Mulhern


    Administrative Coordinator


Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    On-line readings will be provided through the readings on-line site through the LMS.

  • Subject notes

    This subject is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Biomedicine.

Last updated: 18 September 2019