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Cellular Foundations of Medical Sciences - BMED2401

Year - 2018

This unit of study provides a basis for understanding cell structure and function, and response to drugs. It begins with a discussion of the characteristics of micro-organisms (bacteria, fungi and viruses) followed by the structure and function of human cells. Basic cell structure is examined by focussing on cell specialization and tissue organization in humans. The fundamentals of metabolism are introduced, in particular, the chemical reactions that are responsible for fuel processing. The molecular basis of drug action will then be discussed. Students will be introduced to the role of enzymes in the catalysis of cellular reactions and the pharmacological strategies employed to exploit our knowledge of these mechanisms. Intracellular signalling, cell to cell signalling, and pharmacological intervention in these processes are covered. To conclude this unit of study gives an introduction into embryology and how gene expression is regulated during development. Practical classes not only complement the lecture material but also introduce students to a wide range of technical skills. In addition, the sessions are designed to provide students with generic skills such as record keeping, data collection and presentation, protocol planning and written communication.

Two 1 hour lectures per week; 2-3 hours of practical or tutorial classes per week

One 2 hour theory exam (60%), four in-semester assessments (40%)

Histology: Histology- a text and atlas- Ross and Pawlina, 6th Edition; Biochemistry Biochemistry- Garret RH and Grisham CM, Thompson Brooks Cole, 5th Edition, 2009; Microbiology Prescott's Microbiology- Willey JM, Sherwood LM and Woolverton CJ, McGraw-Hill, 8th Edition, 2010; Pharmacology Medical Pharmacology at a Glance- Neal MJ, Blackwell Science, 6th Edition , 2009.

Additional information
Faculty of Science (with the cooperation of the Faculty of Medicine), Coordinated by the Discipline of Anatomy and Histology


30 credit points from [12cp from CHEM1XXX and 12cp from MATH1XXX and 12cp from (BIOL1XXX, MBLG1XXX)]


ANAT2008 or ANAT2010 or ANAT2910 or ANAT2011 or BCHM2072 or BCHM2972 or BIOL2006 or BIOL2029 or BIOL2929 OR BIOL2016 or BIOL2916 or BMED2801 or BMED2802 or BIOL2906 or IMMU2101 or MICR2021 or MICR2921 or MICR2022 or MICR2922 or NUTR2911 or NUTR2912 or PCOL2011 or PHSI2005 or PHSI2006 or PHSI2905 or PHSI2906


Faculty: Medicine and Health

Semester 1

05 Mar 2018

Department/School: Anatomy and Histology
Study Mode: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Census Date: 31 Mar 2018
Unit of study level: Intermediate
Credit points: 6.0
EFTSL: 0.125
Available for study abroad and exchange: No
Faculty/department permission required? No
More details
Unit of Study coordinator: Dr Suzanne Ollerenshaw
HECS Band: 3
Courses that offer this unit

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