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BIOS5092: Bio Sciences for Health Professionals (2013 - Semester 1)

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Unit: BIOS5092: Bio Sciences for Health Professionals (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: Biomedical Science
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Knight, Peter
Session options: Semester 1
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Cumberland
Pre-Requisites: None.
Brief Handbook Description: This unit introduces the fundamentals of Anatomy (structure), Physiology (function) and Pathophysiology (disease processes) of the major systems of the human body. The knowledge and skills acquired will enhance the health science student’s ability to engage in case study-based problem-solving and to develop their clinical reasoning skills. The unit also examines the essential principles of infection control in health care practice and the immune system, highlighting the role of the immune system in disease production and prevention, in response to trauma and in neoplasia. Material will be presented in lectures, practical sessions and online. This unit includes laboratory classes in which human cadavers are studied.
Assumed Knowledge: None.
Lecturer/s: Ms Douglas-Morris, Jan
Dr Huang, Jin
Dr Holsinger , Damian
Dr Polson , Jaimie
Dr Willis, Catherine
Dr Hegedus, Elizabeth
Timetable: BIOS5092 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 3.00
2 Practical Work 1.00
T&L Activities: 3hr lectures, 1hr practical/week
Assessment Description: mid semester exam (45%), end semester exam (55%)


There are two examinations for this unit of study

The first will cover the topics:

* Musculoskeletal Anatomy

* Musculoskeletal Pathophysiology

* Neuropathophysiology

* Cardiovascular anatomy

* Lymphatic system anatomy

This examination will contribute 45% to your final mark.

The examination will comprise multiple choice and short answer questions.

The second examination will be held in the formal examination period (weeks 15 – 16) and is of 2 hours duration. It will cover the remaining topics and contribute 55% to your final mark. The examination will comprise multiple choice and short answer questions.


Worksheets should be submitted online. Please ensure that your name is on the worksheet when you post it.

The worksheets will not contribute to your mark in the unit.

However, completion and submission of the worksheets is a requirement for passing this unit of study.

The worksheets provide a valuable guide to the material that will be covered in the examination
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.
Recommended Reference/s: Note: References are provided for guidance purposes only. Students are advised to consult these books in the university library. Purchase is not required.

Course Relations

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

Course Year(s) Offered
Master of Diagnostic Radiography 2011, 2012, 2013
Master of Nuclear Medicine 2011, 2012, 2013
Master of Radiation Therapy 2011, 2012, 2013

Course Goals

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

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These goals are selected from University Generic Graduate Attributes which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See University Generic Graduate Attributes 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.