Course Module and Synopsis
The wide variety of living organisms will be described and will include the distinction between prokaryotes and eukaryotes, bacteria, fungi, protozoa, plant cells, animal cells and viruses. The cellular basis of all living organisms is one of the characteristics that define life. The module will consider cell types, cellular evolution, ultrastructure and function and, in addition, relate cell types and cell actions to infection and health matters.
Introductory Anatomy & Physiology
Human physiology is the science of the mechanical, physical and biochemical functions of humans in good health, their organs, and the cells of which they are composed. Physiology focuses principally at the level of organs and systems. Most aspects of human physiology are closely related to corresponding aspects of animal physiology, and animal experimentation has provided much of the foundation of physiological knowledge. Anatomy and physiology are closely related fields of study: anatomy, the study of form, and physiology, the study of function, are intrinsically tied and are studied in tandem as part of a medical/biomedical curriculum.This module introduces the students to the anatomy of the human body and explainsthe ways in which the body systems carry out distinct, coordinated and important functions. In this module students will study basic anatomy, the skeletal system, the muscular system, the nervous and sensory systems and the endocrine system.
This module introduces the student to the processes and components which make up life at the molecular level. The basic structures of the key important molecules will be described and will include the proteins, the nucleic acids, the lipids and the carbohydrates. The structures will be closely related to biological function in later modules which in turn will help in the understanding of normal and disease states.
Microbiology is the study of organisms – bacteria, fungi, algae, protozoa, and viruses – that are too small to be seen with the naked eye. Not all microorganisms are beneficial. For example one third of the world’s population dies from infections (e.g. AIDS affects more than 40 million individuals worldwide), the foot and mouth epidemics, the emergence of avian influenza (bird flu), with its high mortality, bacteria are constantly evolving mechanisms enabling them to resist antimicrobial agents used to treat infections, driving the quest for new antibiotics. Microbiology is concerned not only with pathogenic microbes that cause disease but also the predominantly beneficial activities of microbes in the environment and their many biological applications. This module will introduce this fascinating topic which will be further developed in later modules
Personal & Professional Development
This module will provide an introduction to a range of skills that will develop the students in terms of their mathematical abilities, their communication (written and oral) skills, their analytical, design and critical thinking skills, and their innovation and entrepreneurial skills. Each of these key educational outcomes will be further developed through the other modules such that the Diplomates/Advanced Diplomates will be of value to the existing and emerging biomedical industries in Singapore and abroad.
Introductory Biomedical Science Specialisms
This module introduces the student to the different sub-disciplines that comprise the specialist areas within the subject of Biomedical Sciences. The principal sub-disciplines include Clinical Chemistry, Haematology and Serology, Clinical Immunology and Pathology. Medical Microbiology, another major biomedical science specialism is covered in other modules. In this module the student will learn the broad nature and range of scientific areas of particular focus for each of these sub-disciplines and the way in which these are integrated in the hospital setting for patient diagnosis and health improvement. Learning the terminology of the various specialisms will help the student to communicate effectively with a wide range of biomedical scientists and biomedical science laboratories.