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BIOS1167: Foundations of Biomedical Science

Semester 1, 2022 [Normal day] - Remote

This is an entry level unit of study designed to give students an overview of the biological and biochemical processes that are fundamental to life. Topics are not covered in the detail that is applicable to general chemistry or biochemistry units of study. Knowledge gained in this unit will enable students to understand the key principles of health and disease and the scientific basis for many of the professional practices they will undertake in their careers. Students who achieve a pass will have a basic working knowledge of the following topics: key concepts of body chemistry, important biological molecules, the structure and function of cells, the genetics of health and disease, growth and development, communication, metabolic processes, homeostasis, and the impacts of ageing. Students who achieve higher grades are better able to integrate various aspects of the unit and to apply their knowledge to the relevance of these fundamental principles to health care practices.

Unit details and rules

Academic unit Department of Medical Sciences
Credit points 6
Prerequisites
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None
Corequisites
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None
Prohibitions
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None
Assumed knowledge
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None

Available to study abroad and exchange students

Yes

Teaching staff

Coordinator Damian Holsinger, damian.holsinger@sydney.edu.au
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam (Live+ supervised) Type A final exam Final exam
MCQ + SAQ
55% Formal exam period 1.5 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9 LO10 LO11 LO12
Online task Mastery quizzes
MCQ
10% Multiple weeks 20 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9 LO10 LO13
Online task In-semester assessment
MCQ
35% Week 05
Due date: 24 Mar 2022 at 13:00
60 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO12 LO11 LO4 LO3 LO2
Type A final exam = Type A final exam ?

Assessment summary

 

  • Mastery quizzes: Mastery online quizzes are provided during the semester as preparation for the in-semester and end-semester exams, and consist of past exam questions.
  • In-semester exam: The exam will cover all material (includes lectures, tutorials and post-lecture activities) on topics 1, 2, 3, 4.
  • End-semster exam: Questions will cover all material (includes lectures, tutorials and post-lecture activities) on topics 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10.

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

 

 

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range

Description

High distinction

85 - 100

Mastery of topics showing extensive integration and ability to transfer knowledge to novel contexts; treatment of tasks shows an advanced synthesis of ideas; demonstration of initiative, complex understanding and analysis; work is very well presented; all criteria addressed and learning outcomes achieved to an outstanding level.

Distinction

75 - 84

Excellent achievement, consistent evidence of deep understanding and application of knowledge in medical science; treatment of tasks shows advanced understanding of topics; demonstration of initiative, complex understanding and analysis; work is well-presented; all criteria addressed and learning outcomes achieved to a superior level.

Credit

65 - 74

Confident in explaining medical science processes, with evidence of solid understanding and achievement; occasional lapses indicative of unresolved issues; treatment of tasks shows a good understanding of topic; work is well-presented with a minimum of errors; all criteria addressed and learning outcomes achieved to a high level.

Pass

50 - 64

Satisfactory level of engagement with and understanding of topic; some inconsistencies in understanding and knowledge of medical science; work is adequately presented, with some errors or omissions, most criteria addressed and learning outcomes achieved to an adequate level.

Fail

0 - 49

Unsatisfactory achievement and engagement with the medical science discipline; inadequate understanding or fundamental misunderstanding of topics; most criteria and learning outcomes not clearly or adequately addressed or achieved; lack of effort/involvement in the unit.

For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

This unit has an exception to the standard University policy or supplementary information has been provided by the unit coordinator. This information is displayed below:

Mastery quizzes not submitted by the due date and time will receive a mark of 0.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 L1. Introduction to BIOS1167 and online module:key concepts of body chemistry; L2. Building blocks of the human body #1; L3. Solubility video worksheet session Lecture (3 hr) LO1 LO2 LO13
Week 02 L1. Building blocks of the human body #2; L2. Building blocks of the human body #3; L3. Building blocks of human the body #4 Lecture (3 hr) LO2 LO13
Membrane molecules Tutorial (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO11
Week 03 L1. Building blocks of the human body #5; L2. Cell #1; L3. Cell #2 Lecture (3 hr) LO2 LO3
Week 04 L1. Cell transport #1; L2. Cell transport #2; L3. Cell transport #3 Lecture (3 hr) LO4
Cell membrane permeability Tutorial (2 hr) LO4 LO11 LO12
Week 06 L1. Principles of inheritance #1; L2. Principles of inheritance #2; L3. Principles of inheritance #3 Lecture (3 hr) LO5
Inherited diseases Tutorial (2 hr) LO5 LO6 LO11 LO12
Week 07 L1. Growth and development #1; L2. Growth and development #2; L3. Growth and development #3 Lecture (3 hr) LO6 LO13
Week 08 Energy & Metabolism 1 Lecture (1 hr) LO7
Week 09 L1. Energy and metabolism #2; L2. Energy and metabolism #3; L3. Energy and metabolism #4. Lecture (3 hr) LO7
Metabolism Tutorial (2 hr) LO7 LO11
Week 10 L1. Communication #1; ; L2. Communication #2; L3. Communication #3 Lecture (3 hr) LO8
Week 11 L1. Homeostasis and control systems #1; L2. Homeostasis and control systems #2; L3. Homeostasis and control systems #3 Lecture (3 hr) LO9
Homeostatis Tutorial (2 hr) LO8 LO9 LO11 LO12
Week 12 L1. Impacts of ageing #1; L2. Impacts of ageing #2 Lecture (2 hr) LO10
Week 13 L1. End-semester review Lecture (2 hr) LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8 LO9 LO10

Attendance and class requirements

  • LECTURES will be held on THURSDAY from 1-2pm, and FRIDAYS from 8-10am (please check the online timetable for details).
  • A total of five (5) TUTORIALS will be held during semester on either FRIDAYS or the following MONDAY.  Please check your personal timetable to check what day, time and room you have been allocated for TUTORIALS.
  • Please regularly check your Timetable and Canvas and attend the tutorial classes that you have been allocated.   Students may not swap tutorial groups for their own convenience. Each tutor will have a list of students in the tutorial group and regular attendance checks will be made.
  • The University of Sydney Coursework Policy 2014 states: 55 (2) A student enrolled in a unit of study must comply with the requirements set out in the faculty resolutions, award course resolutions or unit of study outline about undertaking the unit of study, including on matters such as: (a) attendance at and participation in lectures, seminars and tutorials; and (b) participation in practical work.
  • The Faculty of Medicine and Health resolutions states: 7(1) Students are required to attend at the correct time and place of any formal or informal examinations. Non-attendance on any grounds insufficient to claim special consideration or special arrangement will result in the forfeiture of marks associated with the assessment. Participation in a minimum number of assessment items may be included in the requirements specified for a unit of study.

 

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

  • There are no prescribed readings for this unit.
  • Recommended readings can be accessed through the Library eReserve link which is available on the BIOS1167 Canvas homepage.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Understand the basic concepts of body chemistry.
  • LO2. Understand the basic structure and function of the important biological molecules of the human body: water, carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and nucleic acids (DNA, RNA).
  • LO3. Be familiar with the general features of the cell and understand that it is the basic structural unit of all living organisms.
  • LO4. Understand the role of the cell membrane in regulating the composition of intra- and extracellular fluids and describe the mechanisms by which molecules, ions and water cross the plasma membrane.
  • LO5. Describe the basic principles of cell division and inheritance, including the relationship between phenotype and genotype, and the concept of transmission genetics.
  • LO6. Have a basic knowledge of the process of human development from embryo to childhood.
  • LO7. Understand the basic features of the metabolic process for extracting energy from our cells cellular respiration.
  • LO8. Have a basic knowledge and understanding of the components and organisation of the body’s communication systems: the nervous system and the endocrine system.
  • LO9. Understand the principles of body homeostasis and how feedback systems in cells, tissues and organs actively maintain a steady state in the body.
  • LO10. Understand the basic changes to cells as we age.
  • LO11. Be able to engage in small groups and work collaboratively.
  • LO12. Appreciate some important clinical applications relevant to different aspects of cell biology.
  • LO13. Engage with online learning activities to enhance understanding.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
GQ1 GQ2 GQ3 GQ4 GQ5 GQ6 GQ7 GQ8 GQ9

Alignment with Competency standards

Outcomes Competency standards
LO1
Professional capabilities for medical radiation practice - MRPBA
1.1.a. Apply knowledge of anatomy and physiology of the human body to practice.
1.1.b. Apply knowledge of the scientific explanations underpinning disease and injuries affecting the human body to enable delivery of safe, high-quality examinations/treatment.
LO2
Professional capabilities for medical radiation practice - MRPBA
1.1.a. Apply knowledge of anatomy and physiology of the human body to practice.
1.1.b. Apply knowledge of the scientific explanations underpinning disease and injuries affecting the human body to enable delivery of safe, high-quality examinations/treatment.
LO3
Professional capabilities for medical radiation practice - MRPBA
1.1.a. Apply knowledge of anatomy and physiology of the human body to practice.
1.1.b. Apply knowledge of the scientific explanations underpinning disease and injuries affecting the human body to enable delivery of safe, high-quality examinations/treatment.
LO4
Professional capabilities for medical radiation practice - MRPBA
1.1.a. Apply knowledge of anatomy and physiology of the human body to practice.
1.1.b. Apply knowledge of the scientific explanations underpinning disease and injuries affecting the human body to enable delivery of safe, high-quality examinations/treatment.
LO5
Professional capabilities for medical radiation practice - MRPBA
1.1.b. Apply knowledge of the scientific explanations underpinning disease and injuries affecting the human body to enable delivery of safe, high-quality examinations/treatment.
LO6
Professional capabilities for medical radiation practice - MRPBA
1.5.c. Identify patients/clients most at risk, including pregnant women and the foetus, breastfeeding mothers and their children.
LO7
Professional capabilities for medical radiation practice - MRPBA
1.1.b. Apply knowledge of the scientific explanations underpinning disease and injuries affecting the human body to enable delivery of safe, high-quality examinations/treatment.
LO8
Professional capabilities for medical radiation practice - MRPBA
1.1.a. Apply knowledge of anatomy and physiology of the human body to practice.
1.5.a. Identify factors or conditions that may affect the patient’s/client’s behaviour and/or capacity to provide informed consent and undergo the procedure and triage patients/clients when needed.
LO9
Professional capabilities for medical radiation practice - MRPBA
1.1.b. Apply knowledge of the scientific explanations underpinning disease and injuries affecting the human body to enable delivery of safe, high-quality examinations/treatment.
Professional capabilities for medical radiation practice - MRPBA
1.1.a. Apply knowledge of anatomy and physiology of the human body to practice.
1.1.b. Apply knowledge of the scientific explanations underpinning disease and injuries affecting the human body to enable delivery of safe, high-quality examinations/treatment.
1.5.a. Identify factors or conditions that may affect the patient’s/client’s behaviour and/or capacity to provide informed consent and undergo the procedure and triage patients/clients when needed.
1.5.b. Identify patient/client preparation requirements.
1.5.c. Identify patients/clients most at risk, including pregnant women and the foetus, breastfeeding mothers and their children.
Professional capabilities for medical radiation practice - MRPBA
1.1.b. Apply knowledge of the scientific explanations underpinning disease and injuries affecting the human body to enable delivery of safe, high-quality examinations/treatment.
Professional capabilities for medical radiation practice - MRPBA
1.1.a. Apply knowledge of anatomy and physiology of the human body to practice.
1.1.b. Apply knowledge of the scientific explanations underpinning disease and injuries affecting the human body to enable delivery of safe, high-quality examinations/treatment.
1.5.c. Identify patients/clients most at risk, including pregnant women and the foetus, breastfeeding mothers and their children.
Professional capabilities for medical radiation practice - MRPBA
1.1.a. Apply knowledge of anatomy and physiology of the human body to practice.
1.1.b. Apply knowledge of the scientific explanations underpinning disease and injuries affecting the human body to enable delivery of safe, high-quality examinations/treatment.

This section outlines changes made to this unit following staff and student reviews.

Learning outcomes have been updated.

More information will be provided in class and on the BIOS1167 Canvas site.

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