- 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 PGRD
- Dr Isabelle Ferru
- Mode of delivery Online
First Semester 2020
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This is an online course with no face-to-face lecture or activity.
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.
Biological, ecological and socioeconomic aspects of infectious, genetic and lifestyle-associated diseases, along with strategies used for their control.
Medicine, public health strategies, and economic development.
The role of scientific enquiry in the improvement of human health
Globalisation and environmental impacts on human health
Dynamics of host-pathogen interactions
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, AIDS and Ebola
Immunological diseases such as asthma and diabetes
Chronic degenerative disease such as vascular diseases
Lifestyle associated disease such as obesity
Note: This course is an online course with no face to face lectures. All the course content will be available online.
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:
- Understand select human diseases in their biological, historical and social context.
- Describe and contrast important current human infectious diseases and chronic degenerative diseases.
- Appraise the impacts of important human diseases (both infectious and degenerative diseases) on human’s societies.
- Develop own thinking, opinions and attitudes to global health issue.
- Independently research current topics in health and disease using published books, original papers, electronic resources and other materials.
- Further develop computer, library and internet research skills.
- Produce a substantial piece of individual research.
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.
You will need to provide a summary of the courses you have completed so far (i.e. transcript). Background in human biology, cell biology and microbiology is strongly recommended to undertake this Master course.
Assessment will be based on:
- Online quizzes 30% (LO 1, 2, 3, 6 & 7)
- Research Report on a current topic in health and disease total of 70% (LO 3 to 7)
- ideas for topic or the report (5%),
- topic of the report (3%)
- detailed outline for the report (15%) and
final research report (3 000 word argumentative
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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 Wattle site at the beginning of semester 1.
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- Unit value:
- 6 units
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