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Systems Medicine in Cardiometabolic Disease (BIO515)

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 investigate the risk factors for cardiometabolic diseases (CMD) and the metabolic consequences of CMD. This unit draws from the experience of experts utilising a multiplatform approach to carrying out research with a focus on the epidemic of obesity, diabetes mellitus and hypertension. The unit focusses on genome and metabolome wide association studies and will also explore the role of the gut microbiome and its contribution to cardiometabolic health.
Unit Learning Outcomes On completion of the course unit, students will have a broad overview of systems medicine applications in the influence of genetic and environmental risk factors on CMD. Specific learning outcomes are:
ULO1: Explain the metabolic characteristics of CMD, giving concrete examples drawn from epidemiological studies on obesity and diabetes.
ULO2: Describe the role of genome and metabolome wide association studies have played in advancing clinical knowledge in cardiometabolic disease.
ULO3: Provide an overview of the role of the microbiome in cardiovascular diseases.
ULO4: Design an oral presentation to explain the impact of cardiometabolic diseases.
Timetabled Learning Activities This unit has a full day a week of teaching for 5 weeks (start from semester 2 week 4) 9am -5pm. Typically this will involve 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. These materials will also emphasise the advantages of a holistic systems approach to understanding cardiometabolic disease.
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 CMD. 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 multiple-choice and short questions (50%) and an oral presentation with submission of the written version (50%).
Prerequisites Enrolment in Graduate Certificate in Systems Medicine or Graduate Diploma in Systems Medicine or Master of Systems Medicine (Research) and 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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