Mechanisms of Disease (11727.1)
|Available teaching periods||Delivery mode||Location|
|View teaching periods|| On-Campus
|| Bruce, Canberra
|0.125||3||Faculty Of Science And Technology|
|Discipline||Study level||HECS Bands|
|Academic Program Area - Science||Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit|| Band 2 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 3 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Integrate and apply biological and chemical principles to understand the aetiology, pathogenesis and risk factors of specific diseases;
2. Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the systemic, molecular and cellular factors responsible for disease initiation, progression and resolution;
3. Evaluate the role of the immune system in specific diseases;
4. Interpret the consequences of specific changes in organs, tissues, and cells in different diseases; and
5. Integrate disease theory and laboratory practice for interpretation and validation of experimental data.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
1. UC graduates are professional - work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict
2. UC graduates are global citizens - behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives
2. UC graduates are global citizens - communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings
2. UC graduates are global citizens - think globally about issues in their profession
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - be self-aware
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - evaluate and adopt new technology
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development
Prerequisites11722 Biological Concepts OR 483 Concepts in Biology
Equivalent units6510 Introduction to Microbiology
|Year||Location||Teaching period||Teaching start date||Delivery mode||Unit convener|
|2023||Bruce, Canberra||Semester 1||06 February 2023||On-Campus||Dr Michael Frese|
|2024||Bruce, Canberra||Semester 1||05 February 2024||On-Campus||Dr Michael Frese|
1. Willey J, Sandman K & Wood D (2022). Prescott's Microbiology. 12th International Edition. McGraw-Hill (ISBN10: 1264088396 | ISBN13: 9781264088393); available from the UCX Shop.
2. Punt J, Stranford S, Jones P & Owen JA (2019). Kuby Immunology. 8th International Edition. Freemann and Co, NewYork (ISBN: 9781319114701); available from the UCX Shop.
3. Mechanisms of Disease—Laboratory Notes 2023. University of Canberra, Australia; available for pre-lab review on Canvas. Please do not print the manual - students will be provided copies in their laboratory sessions.
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
Assessment items in this unit are in written or visual forms (assessments of the laboratory notes (marked twice), the case study and the final exam) and/or involve the demonstration of practical skills (practical skills assessment (face-to-face); note that this assessment may also require the provision of written answers).
Special assessment requirements
In order to pass, students must: (i) attempt the following assessment items: the case study, the practical skills assessment and the final exam; (ii) gain an overall unit mark of at least 50%; and (iii) participate in at least 6 Practical classes scheduled on Wednesdays and 5 Practical classes scheduled on Fridays (regardless of medical or counselling certificates).
The unit convener reserves the right to question students orally on any of their submitted work.
Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values. Refer to the University's Student Charter for more information.
To enhance understanding of academic integrity, all students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course of study. You can access this module within UCLearn (Canvas) through the 'Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism' link in the Study Help site.
Use of Text-Matching Software
The University of Canberra uses text-matching software to help students and staff reduce plagiarism and improve understanding of academic integrity. The software matches submitted text in student assignments against material from various sources: the internet, published books and journals, and previously submitted student texts.
This unit consists of ~21 hours of lectures, 23 hours of laboratory/practical classes and a further 3 hours of undertaking timed assessment tasks (Practical Skills Assessment and Exam). The remaining time (150 - 47 = 103 hours) should be spend on self-directed studies using the material provided in lectures/practicals, textbooks and other resources, as well as other provided support sessions or resources.
Consuming all the lecture material is expected and strongly recommended.
Participation in at least 6 Wednesday Pratical classes and 5 Friday Practical classes is a compulsory condition of this unit, and attendance will be recorded. In the event that you cannot attend your assigned laboratory class due to illness or extenuating circumstances, contact the Unit Convener as soon as possible and provide documentation. However, the minimum attendance requirements will be upheld regardless of documentation.
Required IT skills
Basic knowledge of Word and Excel, and familiarity of the use of internet browsers are required.
Work placement, internships or practicums
This unit involves research-led education. There are active researchers delivering this unit who are able to engage students in deep and active learning and transmit to students their passion for the research they are carrying out.
Provision of information to students:
Notifications through Canvas are deemed to be made to the whole class. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that they check for announcements on the unit's Canvas website. Furthermore, students should ensure they check their student email regularly.
Unforeseen circumstances beyond the unit convener's control could result in changes to the mode of delivery of lectures, laboratory classes and assessments. Students will be advised if this occurs and appropriate alternatives will be arranged.