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Introduction to Systems Medicine (BIO512)

Organisational Unit Medical, Molecular and Forensic Sciences
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This unit is designed to build knowledge in systems medicine and omics science. Students will be taught key concepts in study design, current and developing analytical technologies, and the strengths and limitations of each omics technique. The omics science covered in this unit includes genomics, proteomics, transcriptomics, metagenomics and metabonomics. Advanced theoretical knowledge will be covered through lectures and reinforced via practical sessions. Students' learning will also be enhanced through workshops and online materials.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit, students will have advanced knowledge and some practical skills in
systems medicine. Specifically, the unit learning outcomes are:
ULO1: Explain the theoretical knowledge of different omics techniques commonly applied in systems medicine
ULO2: Develop specialised technical skills and be able to describe the limitations and strengths of each omic techniques
ULO3: Justify the scientific decision-making with respect to study design and be able to justify appropriate application of specific analytical techniques
Timetabled Learning Activities This unit has one week-long session (semester 2 usually in week 1 to 3) 9am -5pm. Typically, teaching for this week involves 2 x 2hrs of lecture and 1 x 3.5 hrs of workshop per day.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is through lectures presenting students with the theoretical underpinnings of omics science and workshops encouraging students to apply their knowledge in a series of problem-based learning exercises. This underpinning theoretical knowledge will be supplemented by practical demonstration and training. These different approaches will allow students to achieve the unit learning outcomes, and, in particular, understand theoretical and practical aspects of different omics based techniques.
Assessment Assessment will comprise of multiple choice test (40%), an essay (45%) and a poster presentation (15%).
Prerequisites Enrolment in Master of Systems Medicine (Research), Graduate Certificate in Systems Medicine, Graduate Diploma in Systems Medicine.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Graduate Certificate in Systems Medicine (GradCertSysMed)
Graduate Diploma in Systems Medicine (GradDipSysMed)
Master of Systems Medicine (Research) (MSysMed(Res))
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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