Programme Structure - Year three Bsc

Integrative Biomedical Sciences 3

The course will attempt to develop student’s understanding of how current biomedical knowledge is generated from experiment and disseminated through the research literature, to prepare students for the transition to senior Honours. It aims to provide students with a secure grounding in the core skills of designing scientifically valid experiments, collecting, analysing and interpreting data, communicating scientific ideas and results, and in being able to critically evaluate primary research papers. It will cover a variety of experimental techniques commonly used in the biomedical sciences, so that students have an appreciation of when such techniques can be used, their strengths and weaknesses, and the type of data they produce. To illustrate some broad themes within contemporary biomedical sciences and the power of interdisciplinary approaches, the course will also cover the drug discovery and development process, the use of computational modelling approaches, the growing importance of large datasets (eg from next-generation sequencing and microarrays), and ethical issues in biomedical research.

Biomedical Informatics 3

This course will aid students understanding of how biomedical informatics informs the understanding of biomedical systems, both normal and diseased, at multiple scales - from gene to population. It will address how biomedical informatics can be used to generate predictions and drive development of new diagnostic and therapeutic tools to tackle diseases for which there are no successful treatments at present.

Computational Biology and System Biology

Computational biology and systems biology are important areas of bioinformatics, which studies biological systems with a focus on their mechanisms and phenomena. This module introduces the widely-used computational models, such as the network models, deterministic models (ODE, PDE) and cellular automata models (petri net), and how these models can be applied in computing various biological systems. The practical part of this module utilizes the MATLAB and R language. Basic programing in these two languages will be covered.

Two Elective Courses

Year 3 aims to be an exciting exploration of the application of biomedical informatics to biomedical sciences, facilitating student development by learning from experiment in key areas for application. Students will select two elective courses of their choice.