BIOL123 - Cells and Tissues - the Fabric of Life

10 cp
Prerequisites: Nil
Incompatible: Nil
Teaching Organisation: 6 hours per week for twelve weeks or equivalent.

The Bachelor of Biomedical Science course aims to develop graduates who can 'differentiate multi-level physiological mechanisms associated with homeostasis, normal function and disease states in national health priority areas'. This unit provides an introduction to the levels of organisation in the human body, and explores cells and tissues as the building blocks of the human organism. Students explore the structure of human cells and tissues and develop an understanding of how structure fulfils function. 'Key cellular topics include the plasma membrane and its role in the various mechanisms of cellular transport, cellular organelles with a focus on cellular metabolism, and the nucleus and its role in cell division and growth. Students will investigate the major tissue types and how each contributes to the body processes, illustrating the correspondence of structure and function as a unifying theme in biology. The unit also provides insight into cellular changes in disease that underpin contemporary therapeutic approaches.

Biomedical science graduates require sound knowledge of cells and tisues and skills in microscopy to apply in a range of biomedical disciplines. This unit forms the foundation for areas of study including biochemistry and pharmacology and pre-requisite for anatomy/physiology/pathophysiology; microbiology and genetics.