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BIO1204 Introduction to Biomedical Sciences

Units : 1
School or Department : School of Health and Medical Sciences
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 25 March 2023


Biomedical sciences comprise the scientific disciplines that investigate human health and disease across the lifespan. It is the study of the human body's normal function and structure and how this function and structure is compromised through injury, disease and the ageing process. This course will introduce students to foundational theory and practical skills in biomedical science as well as the professional and ethical principles that underpin this field. It will prepare students for future studies in genetics, cell and molecular biology, biochemistry, physiology and pharmacology as well as showcase future career options with a face-to-face and online careers panel held during the semester.

This course introduces students to foundational concepts in biomedical science through the study of the human body from the earliest stages of life through to old age. The course includes an introduction to the molecular basis of cells that comprise the human body, human reproduction, basic Mendelian genetics and ageing processes. It also emphasises the importance of ethics and professional practice in biomedical science by exploring some of the human rights controversies associated with past biomedical advances.

In some disciplines, students need to demonstrate competency before they can progress further in their studies. Competency involves the application skills and knowledge to a particular standard performance. Students need to pass all competency assessments in a course and reach a total passing of 50% to be awarded a passing grade. Competency Assessment Items are identified in the course specification.

This course also contains mandatory laboratory sessions, as either fortnightly laboratory/practical sessions or as a residential school.
Semester 1: Mandatory on-campus laboratories or practical classes for on-campus students or a mandatory residential school for external students. (non-attendance will mean the student misses both an element for assessment preparation and an element of assessment).
Semester 2: Both on-campus and external students will attend the mandatory residential school (non-attendance will mean the student misses both an element for assessment preparation and an element of assessment).

Course offers

Study period Mode Campus
Semester 1, 2023 External
Semester 1, 2023 On-campus Toowoomba
Semester 2, 2023 External
Semester 2, 2023 On-campus Toowoomba
Date printed 25 March 2023