Postgraduate Lectures in Medical Biology

Subject BMSC40007 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Year Long, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 11-Mar-2016
Census Date 31-May-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 26
Total Time Commitment:

26 contact hours with an estimated total time commitment of 170 hours (including non-contact time)


Students must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Biomedicine (Honours) or Bachelor of Science (Honours) to complete this subject.

Available to Honours students in Medical Biology with approval of the Head of Department.

Students must have completed a three-year undergraduate degree in a relevant science discipline, e.g. BSc., BBiomed. Or equivalent.

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Recommended Background Knowledge:

Completed three-year undergraduate degree in a relevant science discipline.

Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Objectives, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry. It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability will impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and the Disability Liaison Unit:


Dr Keely Bumsted O'Brien, Dr Leigh Coultas, Dr Melissa Call


Subject Coordinators:

Dr Keely Bumsted Obrien

Dr Melissa Call

Dr Leigh Coultas

Administrative Coordinator:

Ms Sue Hardy

Subject Overview:

Lectures in specialised areas of biomedical research relevant to research in particular in the areas of immunology, cancer biology, haematology, molecular biology, immuno-parasitology, developmental biology, and mammalian genetics.
Postgraduate Lecture Series taught weekly from March to August, presented by internal and external invited speakers tailored to the WEHI Honours Program and incorporating new developments in science and technology and clinical translation seminars (26 contact hours).

Learning Outcomes:

This subject is designed to enhance the students’ knowledge of medical biology in the areas of immunology, cancer biology, haematology, molecular biology, immunoparasitology, developmental biology and mammalian genetics and to present current literature and techniques in specialised areas.

  • Journal Club presentation: hour long student lead discussion held between weeks 5 and 9, 50%
  • Written critique of Journal Article (1,500 words), submitted two weeks after presentation (weeks 7 to 11), 50%
  • Attendance at Journal clubs within a group, held between weeks 5 and 9, Hurdle

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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

The students will be exposed to recent research findings in a wide range of scientific fields not only relating to their own research project. This exposure will promote a comprehensive understanding of important areas of biomedical science and their relevance to human health and disease.

The students will

• develop the ability to understand and evaluate critically data obtained by others.
• synthesise a logical frame for their own hypotheses based on the literature.
• propose experiments to clarify scientific questions or resolve contradictory reports.

Links to further information:
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Medical Biology

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