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Systems Medicine in Brain Health and Neuropathology (BIO516)

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 a state-of-the-art overview of systems medicine research into a series of neuropathologies including various forms of dementia, neurobehavioral conditions, childhood neurodegenerative diseases and bipolar disorder. It will engage experts in the field to teach a broad range of topics including new targets in muscular dystrophy, new approaches to exploring mechanisms of Parkinson's disease, early risk markers of dementia, the gut-brain axis and approaches to understanding the mosaic of autism spectrum disorders.
Unit Learning Outcomes On completion of the course unit, students will have a broad knowledge on the benefits and limitations of applying various omics technologies in brain diseases and will be able to demonstrate how these systems medicine approaches have led to the development of new therapeutics. Specific learning outcomes are:
ULO1: Provide evidence for the direct and indirect chemical communication between the gut and the brain.
ULO2: Describe how obesity and the microbiome impact on mood and anxiety disorders.
ULO3: Give an example of how a new therapeutic is being used to combat neuromuscular diseases.
ULO4: Provide evidence for genetic and environmental contributions to Alzheimer's and Parkinson's
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 emphasize the advantages of a holistic systems approach to understanding brain health and 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 brain health and disease. 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 grant writing project exercise (40%), a multiple-choice questionnaire (30%) and
short answer essay questions exam (30%)
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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