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Unit Guide
  

BMS1031
Medical biophysics
Semester 1, 2018
  

  

  

  

Handbook link:
http://monash.edu.au/pubs/2018handbooks/units/BMS1031.html

  

Note to students:
IMPORTANT: Check Moodle regularly for announcements.

Table of contents 1
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Table of contents
Unit handbook information 4
Synopsis 4
Mode of delivery 4
Workload requirements 4
Unit relationships 4
Prerequisites 4
Prohibitions 4
Co-requisites 4
Chief Examiner(s) 5
Unit Coordinator(s) 5
Academic overview 5
Learning outcomes 5
Teaching approach 5
Feedback to you 5
Assessment summary 6
Assessment requirements 8
Assessment tasks 8
Applications for special consideration 10
Unit schedule 11
Your feedback to us 11
Previous student evaluations of this unit 11
Unit resources 12
Learning resources 12
Required resources 12
Recommended resources 12
Technology requirements 12
Additional unit costs 12
Other information 13
Policies 13
Special Consideration 13
Graduate Attributes Policy 13
Student Charter 13
Student Services 13
Monash University Library 13
Disability Support Services 13

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Plagiarism, cheating and collusion 14
Extensions and penalties 14
Faculty policy information 14
Late Submission of Work & Remarking 14
School policy information 15

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Unit handbook information
Synopsis
The behaviour of human and biomedical systems are understood in terms of underlying physical
principles. Forces involved in human movement and body systems including muscles and joints.
Energy and heat flow and metabolism, pressure, osmosis, diffusion and respiration, fluid flow in
the cardiovascular system. Electrical charges, current, potential and capacitance in simple circuits,
EEG, ECG, cells and nerve conduction. Sound and ultrasound, human hearing, refraction and
lenses, the human eye, optical and electron microscopes. X-rays and radiation, biological effects
and damage, radiation therapy and medical imaging.

Mode of delivery
Clayton (On-campus)

Workload requirements
The workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours spread across the
semester (roughly 12 hours per week) - approximately an even mixture of attendance at scheduled
activities and self-scheduled study time. Learning activities comprise a mixture of instructor
directed, peer directed and self-directed learning, which includes face-to-face and online
engagement.

Two 1-hour lectorials (or equivalent), one 2-hour practice class and approximately 6 hours private
study per week.

Unit relationships
 
Prerequisites
None

Prohibitions
PHS1031, PHS1080.

Co-requisites
Must be enrolled in one of the following:

● Bachelor of Biomedical Science (including double degree programs)


● Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Scholar Program)
● Bachelor of Biomedical Science Advanced with Honours
● Bachelor of Emergency Health (Paramedic)
● Bachelor of Radiation Sciences

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Chief Examiner(s)
Professor Kristian Helmerson

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Kristian Helmerson
Professor Helena Parkington

Academic overview
Learning outcomes
Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to apply concepts of physics and
introductory physiology as they relate to biomedical sciences in the following areas:

1. The laws of motion and the concepts of work, energy and power as they relate to human
movement and biomechanics.
2. Heat transfer and thermal properties, the behaviour of gases and fluids applied to the
cardiovascular and respiratory systems.
3. Principles of electricity, potential difference, current, resistance and capacitance; the basis
of Nerst potential and the biological membrane potential, nerve conduction, ECG.
4. Wave motion, the physics of sound and the properties of light and their relationship to
auditory and visual phenomena, the function of the human eye and ear.
5. Radiation physics underlying the medical use of x-rays and radiation in medicine and
biomedical sciences including the effect of ionising radiation on living matter.

Students will develop basic practical skills in problem solving, experimental methods and
uncertainties, analysis of data and written scientific communication.

Teaching approach
The unit consists of lecture/tutorials (lectorials) and weekly lab classes. Topic and textbook
references are provided on Moodle. Students should read ahead in the textbook to maximise
benefit and prepare questions to be answered during lectorials. Supplemental information will be
available on Moodle.

It is emphasised that the material covered in lab classes is as key (if not more so) to the outcomes
of the course as the material covered in lectures. It is experiment that ultimately provides the
answer to how we know the world works and which differentiates science from other intellectual
pursuits. Some material may only be covered in lab classes (e.g. uncertainties), some only in
lectures.

 
Feedback to you

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Feedback in this course takes a number of forms such as:

● Response to questions/discussions in lectures


● Comments in Moodle forums (from other students and staff)
● Response to questions / discussions / assessment of work in lab classes
● Assessment of assignments (question set, factsheet)
● Personal conversations with the unit coordinator / lecturers / other staff outside of scheduled
classes.
● Discussion with other students and tutors in TAPAS

Assignment submission and PACE

Assignments are to be submitted on the day the assignment is due.  They are to be submitted as a
pdf document, uploaded via the BMS1031 Moodle page.

Returning assignments, marks and Moodle

Marked assessments will be returned no later than two weeks from the due date.

Please check on a regular basis that your marks, for assignments and laboratories, have been
correctly added and entered (see Moodle Grades). If you believe your work has been incorrectly
marked or entered, please contact PACE or sci-physics-teaching-admin-l@monash.edu,
immediately.

Plagiarism, cheating and collusion

Plagiarism – means to take and use another person’s ideas and/or manner of expressing them and
to pass them off as your own by failing to give appropriate acknowledgement.

Cheating – means seeking to obtain an unfair advantage in an examination or in other written or


practical work required to be submitted or completed by a student for assessment.

Collusion – is the presentation of work, which is the result in whole or in part of unauthorised
collaboration with another person or persons.

Students are strongly encouraged to build up their understanding of the subject material through
collaboration with fellow students.  However, work submitted for assessment must be their
own.  Monash University has strict policies on plagiarism, cheating and collusion, and the penalties
can be severe.  Full details of the policy can be found at: http://www.policy.monash.edu/policy-bank
/academic/education/conduct/student-academic-integrity-policy.html.

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Assessment summary
● Written examination (3 hours) (50%) (Hurdle)
● Practical work (25%)
● Assignments (3 items consisting of set questions, online quizzes and a fact sheet A4 poster)
(25%)

A pass in the final examination must be obtained to pass the unit.

Assessment task Value Due date

Quizzes 10% To be announced in Moodle.

Question Set 5% To be announced on Moodle

Fact Sheet 10% To be announced in Moodle

Practical Work 25% Weekly

Exam 50% Not applicable

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Assessment requirements
Assessment tasks
Assessment title: Quizzes
Details of task: Four (4) on-line quizzes in Moodle.
Value: 10%
Due date: To be announced in Moodle.
Estimated return date: Immediate on-line feedback from quiz.
Topic release date: Not applicable
Presentation requirements: Not applicable
Word limit: Not applicable
Individual assessment in group tasks: Not applicable
Hurdle requirements: Not applicable
Additional information: Multiple choice questions. Two attempts per quiz. 55 minutes allowed per attempt. Highest mark recorded.
Criteria for marking: Mark for correct answer.

Assessment title: Question Set


Details of task: Take-home, written question set.
Value: 5%
Due date: To be announced on Moodle
Estimated return date: Two weeks after submission
Topic release date: Not applicable
Presentation requirements: Not applicable
Word limit: Not applicable
Individual assessment in group tasks: Not applicable
Hurdle requirements: Not applicable
Additional information: Not applicable
Criteria for marking: Marks for derivation and correct answers. Partial marks allowed.

Assessment title: Fact Sheet


Details of task: 1-page Fact Sheet
Value: 10%
Due date: To be announced in Moodle
Estimated return date: Two weeks after due date
Topic release date: Approximately 5 weeks before Fact Sheet due date
Presentation requirements: One (1) A4 page, pdf format. Submitted via Moodle.
Word limit: Not applicable
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Word limit: Not applicable
Individual assessment in group tasks: Not applicable
Hurdle requirements: Not applicable
Additional information: Not applicable
Criteria for marking: Marking scheme will be provided.

Assessment title: Practical Work


Details of task: Weekly (except Week 1) lab class with assessed tasks
Value: 25%
Due date: Weekly
Estimated return date: One week after submission
Topic release date: Not applicable
Presentation requirements: Not applicable
Word limit: Not applicable
Individual assessment in group tasks: Individually submitted assessment tasks
Hurdle requirements: Not applicable
Additional information: Not applicable
Criteria for marking: Lab practical marking scheme provided on Moodle.

Assessment title: Exam
Details of task: Three (3) hour written examination
Value: 50%
Due date: Not applicable
Estimated return date: Not applicable
Topic release date: Not applicable
Presentation requirements: Not applicable
Word limit: Not applicable
Individual assessment in group tasks: Not applicable
Hurdle requirements: A pass in the final examination must be obtained to pass the unit.
Additional information: Not applicable
Criteria for marking: Marks for derivation and correct answers. Partial marks allowed.

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Applications for special consideration
If you believe any assessment has been affected by you being ill, or some other circumstance
outside your control, then you may apply for Special Consideration. Note:

➢ Special consideration is not automatically approved.

➢ Any application must be lodged no later than two University working days after thedue date of
the affected assessment –unless the circumstances of the Special Consideration preclude this.
Supporting documentation may be supplied at a later date, agreed with staff, if it is not immediately
available.

➢ For all units run by the School of Physics & Astronomy, all in-semester Special Consideration


applications must be made via the PACE Enquiries counter (ground floor, 10 College Walk) or
emailed to sci-physics-teaching-admin-l@monash.edu -all documentation will be forwarded to the
relevant Unit Coordinator for approval. You can get a copy of the in-semester special consideration
form either at the PACE Enquiries Counter or from this link: https://moodle.vle.monash.edu/mod
/resource/view.php?id=4826506

➢ Special consideration related to the end-of-semester examination must be lodged through


Faculty Student Services using the relevant form found here: http://www.monash.edu.au/exams
/special-consideration.html.

➢ Supporting documentation must be provided prior to approval of the application.

➢ An existing mark will not be adjusted. An application may result in:

● an extension to a submission date;


● an alternative, and equivalent, form of assessment; or
● for missed assessment, when alternative assessment cannot reasonably be arranged, you
may be awarded an “average” mark based on marks awarded for similar assessment – this
only applies to certain forms of assessment, such as some in-class assessment e.g.
laboratory work.

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Unit schedule
For units with on-campus classes, teaching activities are normally scheduled to start on the hour
(teaching will commence on the hour and conclude 10 minutes prior to the scheduled end time).

The table below shows the planned schedule of activities and assessment for this unit but from
time to time it may be necessary to adjust this for operational reasons. Please listen for
announcements in lectures and/or check official announcements on Moodle regularly.

Week Activities Assessment

1 Fluids & Energy

2 Fluids & Energy

3 Fluids & Energy

4 Fluids & Energy Online Quiz 1

5 Fluids & Energy and Cardiovascular

6 Electricity Question Set

7 Electricity Online Quiz 2

8 Bioelectricity

9 Waves & Optics Online Quiz 3

10 Waves & Optics and Bioimaging Fact Sheet

11 Waves & Optics and Radiation

12 Radiation Online Quiz 4

Your feedback to us
One of the formal ways students have to provide feedback on teaching and their learning
experience is through the Student Evaluation of Teaching and Units (SETU) survey. The feedback
is anonymous and provides the Faculty with evidence of aspects that students are satisfied with
and areas for improvement.

Previous student evaluations of this unit


In response to previous SETU results of this unit, the following changes have been made:

Easier submission of assignments. Faster turnaround time for marking. Marking of practicals not
occuring during practical session.

If you wish to view how previous students rated this unit, please go to;
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If you wish to view how previous students rated this unit, please go to;
https://unitevaluations.connect.monash.edu.au/unitevaluations/index.jsp

Unit resources

Learning resources
Refer to the unit Moodle site.

Monash Library Unit Reading List (if applicable to the unit): http://monash.rl.talis.com/index.html


Research and Learning Online: www.monash.edu/rlo

Required resources
Students generally must be able to complete the requirements of their course without the
imposition of fees that are additional to the student contribution amount or tuition fees. However,
students may be charged certain incidental fees or be expected to make certain purchases to
support their study. For more information about this, refer to the Higher Education Administrative
Information for Providers, Chapter 18, Incidental Fees at http://education.gov.au/help-resources-
providers

Recommended resources
Recommended textbook

Physics for Biosciences compiled by J. Lazendic-Galloway (1st custom ed, Pearson, 2012).

This is a custom textbook for the unit due to the special biomedical emphasis. The earlier textbook,
Physics, principles with applications D.C. Giancoli (6th ed, Prentice Hall, 2005) may be used a
substitute text, since the custom textbook is a compilation of relevant material mainly from
Giancoli. The both textbooks are written for students without previous physics.

Technology requirements
During the semester, the Moodle site for this unit is your first point of call for all information
concerning this unit. This document is available as a pdf via a link at the top of the site. You must
become familiar with all aspects of the Moodle site, such as how announcements are sent out via
the Announcements forum.

All notes will be provided in electronic format on Moodle. This includes notes for lab activities.
Laptops are supplied in lab classes to: access these notes, access any other online resources,
and collect data and carry out numerical analysis (e.g. graphing in Excel), when necessary. You
are welcome to bring your own computing devices to lectures or lab classes.

Additional unit costs


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Additional unit costs
Students generally must be able to complete the requirements of their course without the
imposition of fees that are additional to the student contribution amount or tuition fees. However,
students may be charged certain incidental fees or be expected to make certain purchases to
support their study. For more information about this, go to Administrative Information for Higher
Education Providers: Student Support, Chapter 21, Incidental Fees at: http://education.gov.au/help-
resources-providers

Other information
Policies
Monash has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that
staff and students are aware of the University's academic standards, and to provide advice on how
they might uphold them. You can find Monash's Education Policies at: 
http://www.policy.monash.edu/policy-bank/academic/education/index.html

Special Consideration
For information on applying for special consideration, please visit: http://www.monash.edu/exams
/changes/special-consideration

Graduate Attributes Policy


http://www.monash.edu/policy-bank/academic/education/course-governance-and-design/course-
design-policy

Student Charter
http://www.monash.edu/students/policies/student-charter.html

Student Services
The University provides many different kinds of services to help you gain the most from your
studies.Contact your tutor if you need advice and see the range of services available at:
http://www.monash.edu/students

http://www.monash.edu.my/student-services/ 

Monash University Library


The Monash University Library provides a range of services, resources and programs that enable
you to save time and be more effective in your learning and research.

Go to http://www.monash.edu/library or http://www.lib.monash.edu.my/ or the library tab in 


http://my.monash.edu portal for more information.

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Disability Support Services
Students who have a disability, ongoing medical or mental health condition are welcome to contact
Disability Support Services.

Disability Support Services also support students who are carers of a person who is aged and frail
or has a disability, medical condition or mental health condition.

Disability Advisers visit all Victorian campuses on a regular basis.

● Website: monash.edu/disability
● Telephone: 03 9905 5704 to book an appointment with an Adviser;
● Email: disabilitysupportservices@monash.edu
● Drop In: Level 1, Western Annexe, 21 Chancellors Walk (Campus Centre) Clayton Campus

For students at Malaysia campus, please contact the Student Wellbeing and Activities Office
located in Building 2, Level 2, Room 2238.
http://www.monash.edu.my/student-services/wellbeing-and-activities/disability-support

Plagiarism, cheating and collusion


Monash University has strict policies on plagiarism, cheating and collusion, and the penalties can
be severe. Full details of the Student Academic Integrity Policy can be found at:
http://www.monash.edu/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/801841/Student-Academic-Integrity-Policy.pdf

Extensions and penalties


To apply for an extension (of up to two days) to the submission date of any assessment you must
email the unit coordinator and cc sci-physics-teaching-admin-l@monash.edu. Note:

● Extensions are not automatically approved.


● You must apply for the extension prior to the due date – a reason must be given with the
application, supporting documentation may be requested.
● If you wish to apply for an extension of more than two days, or the due date has passed,
then you must apply for Special Consideration (see below).
● Extensions to any assessment submission date can only be granted by the Unit Coordinator.
In the absence of the Unit Coordinator it may be granted by the Education Manager for the
School of Physics & Astronomy.

 
Faculty policy information
This unit also follows Science Faculty policies. These can be found on the Science Faculty web
site under “Managing your studies” in the “Undergraduate” section for “Current Students” (bottom
of the page: http://monash.edu/science/current/undergraduate/managing-studies/)
Late Submission of Work & Remarking
For assessment during the semester, students should take particular note of the policies regarding
penalties for the late submission of work:

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penalties for the late submission of work:

http://intranet.monash.edu.au/science/staff/education/policies-procedures/late-submission.html

and the remarking of assessment:

http://intranet.monash.edu.au/science/staff/education/policies-procedures/remarking.html

 
School policy information
Students registered with Monash Disabilities Services

If you are registered with Monash Disabilities Services and are eligible for alternate assessment
arrangements or flexibility in assessment deadlines, staff in the School of Physics & Astronomy
may not automatically be notified of this.

If you want to arrange alternate assessment (e.g. extra time, separate rooms) in this Unit, please
contact either Theo Hughes (Education Manager, theo.hughes@monash.edu) or Lisa Starkey
(Teaching Administrator, lisa.starkey@monash.edu) to notify us that you are registered with
Disabilities Services. We will then discuss appropriate arrangements with you.

  

  

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