It has been 2 months since the first semester of the Bachelors programme in Biomedicine has started. Hard to believe that we’ve completed studying one course already! Therefore, today in this blog I am going be reviewing the ‘Introduction to Biomedicine‘ course.
After the introduction camp (more of which I shall talk about in another blog) and glorious days of getting to know the campus and fellow classmates, this enjoyable course started. Honestly speaking, most of the course content included knowledge that you have gained in secondary (high) school.
The topics that we studied can be briefly categorised into:
1) Human anatomy
2) Acid and Base
3) Cell, DNA and it’s processes
Human anatomy was pretty straighforward and included learning the names and functions of the organs in the human body. Unlike in high school however, we had to learn the names in Latin. Otherwise, relatively speaking despite being a lot of content this topic was interesting and fun.
Acid and Base included learning the role of pH in the human body but also the chemistry part of it that is calculating the pH. And finally, the last topic included learbing about the cell and more specifically DNA processes like translation and transcription. It also included enzyme processes.
In general, this course included information from both the human anatomy part but also had a lot of content from the biochemistry section. (I would advise buying the books before the start of the course)
Apart from the lectures, there were also seminars which really helps to keep track and reinforce what you have studied. These seminars are for you and your classmates where you can sit together and work in a group to answer questions based on the lecture you had. I found this to be quiet important if you prefer to study in groups and also if you had any queries you could always ask your friends!
This course also had two labs included one enzyme kinetics and ones acid-base lab. The labs help with understanding what is taught in the lectures. Brace yourselves however! After each lab it is mandatory to write a lab report along with your lab partner. So if you are someone who doesn’t enjoy writing lab reports prepare yourself, there really are many more to come!
Along other the lab, we also had to do a group project where 2 groups (4 people) have to work on preparing a presentation and report on a topic related to Diabetes. Group work can get complicated if people in the group are not on the same wavelength as you. But needless to say, this project really helps understand the importance of working in the group just like one might have to in the future.
Lastly, we had an exam on everything learned above that if studied for is relatively easy.
You may wonder though, how on earth would you get time to go out or attend any parties during the weekend?!
Well, as I said it is good to be on top of your game and finish that lab report or study that new topic you didn’t know about the same day so you don’t have ro spend ages studying it before the exam.
I did go out most weekends and as crazy as it may sound on the weekend before the exam I went to Turku in Finland. It was a great experience and helped me clear my mind before the exam.
Weekend getaway to Turku!
So fear not and worry not this course was really good to help refresh all the previous knowledge I had about the topics and it was enjoyable!
If you have any questions about this course feel free to send me an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
See you later!