- Code BIOL8021
- Unit Value 6 units
- 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
- Academic career Postgraduate
- Dr Isabelle Ferru
- Mode of delivery Online
First Semester 2015
See Future Offerings
The course situates health and disease within the context of changing human ecologies, such as those being shaped by globalisation processes.
Topics covered include:
- An exploration of the biological bases of human diseases and the impact they have on individuals and communities.
- It covers biological, ecological and socioeconomic aspects of infectious, genetic and lifestyle-associated diseases, along with strategies used for their control.
- Emphasis is placed on critical examination of the relative importance of modern medicine, public health strategies, and economic development.
- The role of scientific enquiry in the improvement of human health is discussed.
- Globalisation and environmental change
- Natural selection
- Dynamics of host-pathogen interactions
- Lifestyle transitions
- The place of health on today's political agenda.
Principles are illustrated with case studies which may include:
- Parasitic diseases such as malaria
- Other infectious diseases including influenza, smallpox, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS
- Reproductive health
- Immunological diseases such as asthma and diabetes
- Chronic degenerative disease such as cardiovascular disease
- Lifestyle associated disease such as obesity
Note: This course is delivered online.
On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
1. Explain select human diseases in their biological, historical and social context
2. Independently research current topics in health and disease using published books, original papers, electronic resources and other materials
3. Develop own thinking, opinions and attitudes to global health issues
4. Develop the skills required for online learning (i.e. becoming familiar with discussion boards, non-face to face teaching and online assignments)
Other InformationThe Biology Teaching and Learning Centre is located in Building 116. Alternatively you can email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a permission code to enrol in this course.
Assessment will be based on:
- Online quizzes 30% (LO 1&4)
- Research Report on a current topic in health and disease total of 70% (LO 2, 3 & 4)
topic of the report (3%)
detailed outline for the report (15%) and
final research report (3 000 word argumentative essay)(47%)
The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.
Requisite and Incompatibility
You will need to contact the Biology Teaching and Learning Centre to request a permission code to enrol in this course.
Note, the readings for this course are a compilation of journal articles and reviews and book chapters that will be available on the course WebCT site at the beginning of semester 1.
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. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.
- Student Contribution Band:
- 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.
Offerings and Dates
|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery|
|1911||16 Feb 2015||06 Mar 2015||31 Mar 2015||29 May 2015||In Person|