• Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Biology
  • Areas of interest Health, Medicine and the Body, Medical Science
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Isabelle Ferru
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2014
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This course explores the biological bases for human diseases and how they have affected individuals and communities. It explores biological, ecological, socio-political, cultural and economic aspects of infectious and lifestyle-associated diseases, along with strategies used for their control. The impact of disease on human populations will be considered, with emphasis on critical examination of the relative importance of modern medicine, public health, economic development and other factors. The role of scientific inquiry in the improvement of human health will be discussed. Themes include the effects of urbanisation and ecological changes on health, natural selection, the dynamic of host-pathogen interactions and the setting of research priorities. Principles are illustrated with case studies which may include parasitic diseases such as malaria, other infectious diseases including influenza, tuberculosis and AIDS, reproductive health, degenerative, lifestyle and immunological diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes and asthma. In addition, this unit will provide students with a sense of how ecological, economic, cultural, social and political factors influence the patterns of health and disease. This course also provides the opportunity to undertake a research project, on a relevant topic, as a member of a small group.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:1. Describe select human diseases in their biological, historical and social context
2. Independently, and in a small group, research current topics in health and disease using published books, original papers, electronic resources and other materials
3. Work in small cooperative groups on a research project on a current topic in health and disease.
4. Prepare reports and oral presentation on a current topic in health and disease
5. Develop and apply critical and argumentative thinking to broad issues in health and disease

Other Information

If you don't meet the mention prerequisite Approved qualifications in the biological or social sciences may be accepted.

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on:
  • Workshop project including a group introduction to a broad current topic in health and disease (15%; LO 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  • Individual abstract (15%; LO 1, 2, 4, 5)
  • 7 minute oral presentation on individual essay (20%; LO 1, 2, 4, 5)
  • Final exam (50%; LO 1,5)

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Workload

Two one-hour lectures plus workshop or seminar/tutorial sessions of up to three hours per week.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have obtained a credit level or above in any 1000 level Biology (BIOL) course or completed PREH1112 or ANTH1002 or ANTH1003 or EMSC1006 or ENVS1008 or ENVS1001; You can not take this course if you have completed SCCO3001, SCCO2003 and (SCCO2103 or BIOL2191)

Majors

Minors

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $1650
2004 $1926
2005 $2298
2006 $2520
2007 $2520
2008 $2916
2009 $2916
2010 $2916
2011 $2946
2012 $2946
2013 $2946
2014 $2946
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3390
2004 $3450
2005 $3450
2006 $3618
2007 $3618
2008 $3618
2009 $3618
2010 $3750
2011 $3756
2012 $3756
2013 $3756
2014 $3762
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3155 17 Feb 2014 07 Mar 2014 31 Mar 2014 30 May 2014 In Person N/A

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