The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


Serves as an introduction to the biomedical sciences and forms a basis for three further courses in Medical Sciences in the first two years of the program. The course is structured around the development of the human body over its life cycle. Learning will be structured by a series of medical problems that incorporate major stressors on the normal human being.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2017.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. The development of the human body from conception to senescence;

2. The normal structure and function of the body and mind at the various stages of life;

3. The basic mechanisms underlying the symptoms and signs associated with some common mental and physical ailments in children, adolescents, adults and the aged;

4. Some processes and mechanisms involved with the body's response to the challenges and stressers of everyday existence, and how these responses can be compromised or overpowered by conditions or agents internal or external to the body and which result in the manifestation of disorder or disease; and

5. How the biomedical sciences provide a rational basis for medical practice.


Students will:

  • a)  be introduced to a series of medical problems in tutorials;
  • b)  generate learning targets associated with the medical sciences in these sessions. It is likely that these will primarily come from discussions of the mechanisms of abnormalities presented, and/or the basis of diagnostic procedures suggested or the underlying basis of management procedures; and
  • c)  then undertake their own learning, directed toward these learning targets.

Biomedical scientists will provide lectures, tutorials and information sessions as they relate to the medical problems being investigated.

Review of Progress

This course is a compulsory program requirement for students in the following program(s):

In addition to meeting the University's overall requirements for academic progression, students enrolled in these program(s) must satisfactorily complete this course in order to progress in their program.


This course is only available to students who are active in the Bachelor of Medicine degree (10379).

Assessment items

In Term Test: Examination: Class (MCQ and SAQ)

Formal Examination: Examination: Formal (MCQ and SAQ)

Participation: Group Tutorial/Participation and contribution