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BM1003 - Biomedicine in the Tropics

Credit points: 03
Year: 2017
Student Contribution Band: Band 3
Administered by: College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences

As a foundation to the Bachelor of Biomedicine and Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Sciences, BM1003 introduces you to fundamental core research skills, both theoretical and practical. It positions you, the learner, as an up-and-coming scientist gathering skills in research methodology, data base searching, information retrieval and scientific reporting (written and oral). At the level of the subject, you will explore the diversity of disciplines and options for further study in biomedicine including medical laboratory science and other laboratory-based careers within a tropical/regional context. You will have the opportunity to learn team works skills, professional ethics, biosafety and experimental design. You will gain practical experience through the combination of laboratory/workshop and work placement in teaching and research laboratory environments. You will also have the opportunity to network with a host of researchers that are guest lecturers in the subject and for your scientist profile interview assessment.

Learning Outcomes

  • Apply theoretical and ethical principles (human, animal and/or bioethics) to research practices;
  • Assess published information from a range of sources and apply it in scientific writing;
  • Communicate clearly and succinctly in oral and written modes for scientific and/or non-scientific audiences;
  • Demonstrate scientific procedures including research design, laboratory work, data gathering/analysis and reporting of results;
  • Work collaboratively, cooperatively and ethically within a multicultural team.
Prerequisites: BM1001


Townsville, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 24-Aug-2017
Coordinator: Dr Ranjna Kapoor
Lecturers: Professor Peter Ridd, Dr Helma Antony, Assoc. Professor Daniel Kosov, Professor Ronald White, Mr John Daicopoulos.
Contact hours:
  • 39 hours lectures
  • 39 hours workshops/Seminars
  • 20 hours professional experience
Assessment: end of semester exam (30%); presentations (20%); 10 h work placement (20%); bioinstumentation (30%).
Special Assessment Requirements: Satisfactory completion of placement components. Satisfactory completion of competency tasks.

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.