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Biomedicine: Molecule to Malady (BIOM30002)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeBIOM30002
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

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.

Intended learning outcomes

Upon completion of this unit, students should:

LO1: understand that the treatment of complex diseases requires a multidisciplinary and holistic approach;

LO2: appreciate that for many diseases, an understanding of the biological bases of the disease leads to precise diagnostic and therapeutic opportunities;

LO3: understand the molecular, cellular and physiological bases of selected diseases;

LO4: acquire a theoretical framework for the systematic study of complex diseases.

Generic skills

On 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

  • 2x 45min intra-semester tests (20% each) around weeks 6 and 10;
  • 3 hr written examination in the final examination period (60%).

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorJessica Welch
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursThree 1-hour lectures per week plus three 1-hour tutorials per semester.
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date15 March 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019

    Semester 1 contact information

    Subject Coordinators

    Dr Jessica Welch


    Prof Dick Strugnell

    Administrative Coordinator


Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    None. It is anticipated that students will access standard reference texts on anatomy, physiology, pathology, biochemistry & molecular biology, microbiology & immunology, pharmacology and clinical medicine. Key references and review articles will be provided via the LMS.

  • Subject notes

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

Last updated: 3 August 2019