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Systems Medicine in Maternal and Early Life (BIO514)

Organisational Unit Medical, Molecular and Forensic Sciences
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This unit aims to provide students with an overview of systems medicine approaches to investigating the impact of the maternal and early life environment on downstream health and will use the experience of experts in the field utilising a multiplatform approach to perform research. The unit will focus on genomic and metabonomic technologies along with exploring the role of the maternal and infant microbiomes on infant/childhood health. Lectures, workshops and guided learning material will aim to achieve deeper knowledge and understanding.
Unit Learning Outcomes On completion of the course unit, students will have a broad overview of systems medicine applications in determining the influence of the maternal and early life environment on childhood and adult diseases. Specifically the learning outcomes are:
ULO1: Explain the impact of the early life environment on infant, childhood and adult health, giving concrete examples of diseases with their origins fully or partially in early life.
ULO2: Describe the role that two or more omics platforms have played in advancing clinical knowledge in childhood disease.
ULO3: Provide an overview of the role of the microbiome in atopic and neurodevelopme tal conditions.
ULO4: Design a study to assess the impact of early life environment on a specific disease.
Timetabled Learning Activities This unit has a full day a week of teaching for 5 weeks (start from semester 2 week 4) 9am -5pm and typically involving 2 x 2hrs of lectures and 1 x 3hrs of workshop per day.
Unit Learning Experiences The unit pairs a series of taught lectures with workshops and self directed learning to extend the breadth and depth of knowledge gained in the lectures. Additional e-learning material will also be provided on specific topics to emphasize the advantages of a holistic systems approach to understanding the long reach of the early life environment in downstream health.
Other Learning Experiences Taught lectures will be supplemented by workshops and guided learning material to achieve deeper knowledge and understanding of a broad range of clinical applications in maternal-infant health. Students will be required to independently utilise online learning materials from the start of Semester 2, in preparation for face-to-face teaching activities.
Assessment Assessment will consist of a team-based debate (40%), an individual production of a study protocol (45%) and
oral presentation (15%)
Prerequisites Enrolment in Graduate Certificate in Systems Medicine or Graduate Diploma in Systems Medicine or Master of Systems Medicine (Research). Concurrent enrolment in/or completion of BIO512 and BIO513.
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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