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Systems Medicine in Cardiometabolic Disease (BIO515)

Organisational Unit Medical, Molecular and Forensic Sciences
Credit Points 3
Description This unit aims to provide students with an overview of systems medicine approaches to investigating the risk factors for cardiometabolic diseases (CMD), the metabolic consequences of CMD. It will draw from the experience of experts in the field utilising a multi-platform approach to research with a focus on the epidemic of obesity, diabetes mellitus and hypertension. It will focus on genome and metabolome wide association studies and will 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 1 week 6) 9am -5pm and typically involving 2 x 2hrs of lectures and 1 x 3hrs of workshop.
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.
Assessment This unit has a full day a week of teaching for 5 weeks (start from semester 1 week 6) 9am -5pm and typically involving 2 x 2hrs of lectures and 1 x 3hrs of workshop.
Prerequisites Enrolment in Graduate Certificate in Systems Medicine or Graduate Diploma in Systems Medicine or Master of Systems Medicine (Research)
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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