New Short Course Aims to Bridge the Knowledge Gap to Prepare Students to Study Master of Nursing Science

After years of working, many health professionals as well as individuals seeking a career change often choose to return to studies, and in most cases, they require to consolidate and refresh their prior knowledge. The Biochemical Basis for Human Life short course was initially designed for students entering Master of Nursing Science program from a non-science background, and students who are entering this program from science background who have not studied for many years. However, this course will also be valuable for students from any area of clinical practice who wish to refresh their knowledge in bioscience concepts related to human anatomy, physiology, and biochemistry. Additionally, this short course is highly recommended for any graduate entry students who wish to enter the healthcare programs that require science-based foundation i.e. physiotherapy, pharmacy and medicine.

Biochemical Basis for Human Life

Dr. Snezana Kusljic is the Senior Lecturer in the Department of Nursing, and the Senior Academic Adviser for the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences. Snezana is the Course Director for the Biochemical Basis for Human Life, a short course she designed to bridge the gap in science knowledge.

“After many years of teaching science-heavy nursing courses, I have observed that many students from either non-science background, or students coming into science-heavy nursing courses with poor preparation in terms of the science content experience anxiety when faced with science-based subjects. Therefore, this course is designed to provide students with the basic overview of the scientific concepts and the terminology that those students will be using throughout their studies at the University of Melbourne. So, this short course will help them grasp some of the basic or foundational principles relating to both scientific concepts behind healthy and different disease states.” Said Snezana.

The course consists of five independent tutorials. Tutorial 1 will provide students with the basic concepts around cell biology and chemistry. This will be followed by Tutorial 2, where students will be exposed to how these building blocks are used to make up the human body. This tutorial will cover concepts around different types of tissues, organs and body systems. Also, in Tutorial 2, the course will cover some aspects of the digestive, muscular, and skeletal systems, in the context of different type of tissues that make up those systems. Tutorial 3 will cover the structure and function of the endocrine and nervous systems. Tutorial 4 will cover the structure and function of cardiovascular and respiratory systems, as well as the components of blood. And the final tutorial, or Tutorial 5, will cover the structure and function of the reproductive and urinary or renal systems.

The course is 100% online, which is perfect for time-poor health professionals or anyone who is working and studying at the same time, and it can be completed in 12 – 15 hours of eLearning. A certificate of completion is also provided upon satisfactory completion of the course. To learn more about this course, visit our website below

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