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BMS3011 - Biomedical basis of disease 1

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Dr Marco Bonollo (Medicine, Alfred)


Clayton First semester 2007 (Day)


This unit (with BMS 3042) will concentrate on the pathobiological and biomedical basis of important human disease processes. Areas examined include basic and clinical pharmacological principles, reproductive health and disease, infectious diseases and sleep medicine. The major focus on disease pathogenesis, including lessons gained from cell/molecular biology and disease models. This will be contextualized to varying degrees by clinical aspects such as epidemiology, clinical features of disease and current/future treatments. Group seminars and debates explore pathological, clinical and social aspects.


By studying and understanding relevant examples of human physiology and disease in the areas of basic and clinical pharmacology, human reproduction, sleep medicine (adult and paediatric) and infectious diseases, this unit aims to develop an understanding of how:

  1. the study of basic processes relates to human disease states;
  2. clinical features, epidemiological data and diagnostics are relevant to disease and treatment;
  3. experimental medicine, including cell and molecular biology, animal models of disease and human studies (including clinical trials) are important in defining the pathogenesis and optimal treatment of relevant diseases.
Following on from above:
  1. develop insight into identifying current inadequacies in knowledge and future challenges in disease pathogenesis and treatment;
  2. develop an understanding of the impact disease on the individual and society, including ethical issues; and
  3. develop research, team work and communication skills through student presented seminars and debates.


Written examination: 58%
Satisfactory attendance and participation in seminars and debates 2%
Group seminar: 20%
Scientific Paper Critique: 10%
Scientific Debate: 10%

Contact hours

6 hours per week


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