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  • Objectives
    The Human Structure and Function Major will explain how the human body works, based on a deep understanding of the relationship between physiology and anatomy.



    The subjects are structured so that the anatomy (structure) and physiology (function) of the human body are taught in carefully integrated units that also introduce elements from pathology, pharmacology and zoology as relevant.



    It will suit students entering: medical and health related sciences, postgraduate research work in applied anatomy and physiology; teaching and research in University departments and in hospitals; with pharmaceutical companies; in media liaison, consultancies and scientific journalism.
  • Academic Title
    Bachelor of Biomedicine (Human Structure & Function)
  • Course description
    The Bachelor of Biomedicine requires completion of a total of 300 points of study over three years full time, usually comprising four subjects per semester. Alternatively, the course can be completed in six or seven years part time.

    The core of the degree builds understanding of the structure and function of the body and consideration of the determinants of health and disease, including genetic and environmental influences. The integrated core program culminates in final year subjects that deal with contemporary issues in biomedicine and aspects of medical conditions from the molecular and cellular, right up to the population level.

    Depth within a particular biomedical discipline is achieved by completing 50 points (4 subjects) in a major at 3rd year level.

    In second year students are required to complete two selective subjects, which can be taken from the Bachelor of Science (provided pre-requisites are met).

    Students also take 75 points (one quarter of the degree) from otherdiscipline areas. These breadth subjects are designed to bridge disciplines, sharpening skills of logic, analysis and multidisciplinary problem solving.

    Year 1
    • Biomolecules & Cells
    • Chemistry for Biomedicine
    • Calculus 2
    • Breadth
    • Genes & Environment
    • Physics for Biomedicine
    • Experimental Design & Data Analysis
    • Breadth

    Year 2
    • Molecular & Cellular Biomedicine
    • Techniques In Molecular Science
    • Breadth
    • Integrated Human Structure & Function
    • Biotechnology
    • Breadth

    Year 3
    • Biomedicine: From Molecule to Malady
    • Human Locomotor Systems
    • Viscera & Visceral Systems Breadth
    • Frontiers in Biomedicine
    • Muscle & Exercise Physiology
    • Consequences Of Human Disease
    • Breadth
    By the end of this major a student should:

        * appreciate the terminology of topographic anatomy; the principles relating to each of the following types of anatomical structure: skin, fascia and skeletal muscles, bones and joints, vessels, nerves and viscera; the organisation of the body into regions and the trunk into cavities;
        * know the essential factual information regarding the anatomical structures which form the boundaries and contents of the back and limbs, the tissues and structures that comprise the musculoskeletal system and their response to normal and abnormal stress and strain; and the key components of the respiratory, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, and genitourinary systems;
        * appreciate the functional and applied anatomy of the body's major joint complexes; including a description of motion and the forces acting on the body's motion segments in normal activities; the principles underlying gait and locomotion;
        * develop observational and organisational skills to identify and interpret exposed anatomical structures and regions; communication skills (written and oral) to describe the body; skills in the manipulation of anatomical structures (with dissecting instruments); and
        * appreciate the common occurrence of anatomical variation; the scientific basis of knowledge of structure.

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