Course Title: Biology and Chemistry for Human Biosciences

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Biology and Chemistry for Human Biosciences

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information: Please check your Canvas course shell closer to when the course starts to see if this course requires mandatory in-person attendance. The delivery method of the course might have to change quickly in response to changes in the local state/national directive regarding in-person course attendance. 

Course Coordinator: N/A

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925

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Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course will provide you with an introduction to chemistry and biology of cells. It explains how the molecular and physical structure of the cells enables the function of prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms. It explores the chemistry of elements in the cell and their contribution to and regulation of biological processes such as metabolism. The central dogma and genetic basis of inheritance are also covered. This course lays the foundations for advanced studies in biochemistry, physiology, molecular biology and cell biology.  

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes
This course contributes to the program learning outcomes for the following programs:  

  • BP311 Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences 
  • BP231 Bachelor of Biomedical Science 
  • BH129 Bachelor of Laboratory Medicine (Honours) 

PLO 1 Apply a breadth and depth of knowledge, concepts and evidence in various real world settings using a scientific approach.
PLO 2 Apply systematic thinking and a range of advanced analytical and technical skills using a blend of digital and traditional methods, tools and technologies to solve complex scientific and medical problems. 

  • BP311 Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences 
  • BP231 Bachelor of Biomedical Science 

PLO 4 Communicate and collaborate with diverse audiences utilising contemporary and traditional formats employing integrity, inclusivity and culturally safe practices. 

Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:  

  1.  Apply foundational chemistry knowledge for human biosciences.
  2. Identify and explain how cellular structures relate to function in prokaryotes and eukaryotes.  
  3. Describe the structure of biomolecules and how they behave in cellular metabolism. 
  4. Explain the basic processes involved in DNA replication, transcription and translation in cells. 
  5. Discuss the biological processes of cell division and introduce the basic concepts in genetics.  
  6. Perform basic simulated laboratory experiments in a safe manner, to analyse, interpret and communicate results in a written scientific format. 

Overview of Learning Activities

This course will use a range of learning activities including recorded  lectures and simulated practical sessions, online resources and self-directed learning. Throughout the course you will work both individually and in teams to complete interactive activities. Delivery will be a mix of face to face and online. 

You are encouraged to be proactive and self-directed in your learning, asking questions of your lecturer and/or peers and seeking out information as required, especially from the numerous sources available through the RMIT library, and through links and material specific to this course that is available through my RMIT Studies Course Site. 

Overview of Learning Resources

Resources such as prescribed and recommended texts available through the RMIT library eReserve, internet links to relevant information and links to relevant YouTube video will support your understanding of topics 

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through myRMIT Studies Course Site. 

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment Tasks 

Assessment Tasks 1: Quizzes
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This assessment item supports CLO’s 1-5

Assessment Task 2: Practical reports 
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This assessment task supports CLO’s 1-6 

Assessment Task 3: Problem Based Assignment 
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This assessment task supports CLO’s 1-5 

Assessment Task 4: Timed online test  
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This assessment task supports CLO's 1-5 

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.