BIOS1158: Structure, Function and Disease B (2013 - Semester 2)

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Unit: BIOS1158: Structure, Function and Disease B (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Junior
Faculty/School: Biomedical Science
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Hegedus, Elizabeth
Session options: Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Cumberland
Pre-Requisites: None.
Brief Handbook Description: This unit of study examines the essential principles of infection control in health care practice and the immune system, highlighting its role in disease prevention and response to trauma and neoplasia. The part played by the immune system in producing disease is also covered. The normal structure and function of the digestive, urinary, reproductive, endocrine and nervous systems is described along with the pathophysiology of diseases associated with these systems. Specific diseases are studied because they are common and thus frequently encountered in practice, or because they provide significant insight into the reaction pattern of an injured organ. The bases for the management of these diseases will be examined. Material will be presented in lectures, tutorials and practical sessions. This unit includes laboratory classes in which human cadavers are studied; attendance at such classes is strongly encouraged.
Assumed Knowledge: None.
Assessment Description: mid semester exam (30%) end semester exam (60%) online quiz (10%)


There are two types of assessment:

1. Formal (summative) assessment

The formal assessment, centrally recorded, has two parts:

i) Written examinations -

Material covered in lectures, tutorials and practical sessions will be assessed in the written examinations. Questions will be allocated to each topic in proportion to the time devoted to it through lectures, practical and tutorial classes.

Mid semester examination

• Week 8. Details of the venue will be advised via the BIOS1158 Blackboard eLearning site and the Biomedical Science noticeboards closer to the exam.

• This will be a 50 minute written paper (value: 30% of the unit’s total).

• This paper will consist of multiple choice questions and will cover the following topics: Infection Control, Neoplasia, Immune System, Digestive System and Renal System.

End semester examination

• To be held in Week 15/16. Dates, times and venues will be made available prior to the examination period at:

• One paper worth 60% of the unit’s total

• This paper will consist of multiple choice questions and will cover ALL TOPICS

ii) Online quizzes

There will be two ASSESSED online quizzes, accessible via the BIOS1158 Blackboard eLearning site one week prior to the mid-semester exam and the end-semester exam respectively. Each quiz is worth 5% of the unit’s total. Practice questions (see below for details) for these online Mastering A & P quizzes will be available from Week 2.

To access these quizzes you will need to register using the Student Access Code in the front of your Martini & Nath, Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology (8e) textbook. Please contact the Unit of Study Coordinator if you have questions about the Student Access Code.


2. Informal (formative) assessments

Online Practice Quizzes

Practice questions in the form of online Mastering AandP quizzes, accessible via the BIOS1158 Blackboard eLearning site, will be available to assist your study and revision. These practice quizzes are formative assessments as they do not count towards your final grade and are designed to give you feedback on your understanding of the Body Systems covered in this Unit of Study and to help you identify where you may need to concentrate your study/revision.

You are advised to treat them as though they were formal assessments, that is:

• Having studied the topics in detail, undertake each quiz without interruption and without reference to your notes or textbooks.

• Answers will be provided following completion of the quiz to help you to gain an indication of the effectiveness of your study.

You can go back and do these practice quizzes as many times as you want!
Assessment Feedback: • Feedback regarding performance in the mid-semester exam will be provided via the My Grades tool on the BIOS1158 eLearning site.
• Feedback on your performance may also be obtained by completing the online quizzes and checking your answers with the sample answers provided.
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
Prescribed Text/s: Note: Students are expected to have a personal copy of all books listed.

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Bachelor of Applied Science (MRS) Diagnostic Radiography 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Unit has not been assigned any attributes yet.

These goals are selected from Curriculum Framework: Leadership in People-Oriented Healthcare which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Curriculum Framework: Leadership in People-Oriented Healthcare for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.