“First of all, Noel is a very good lecturer. The lecture is intense. I feel that I have the shortest 5-min break in IFA out of all my subjects all the time. I think IFA is a step up from first year accounting subjects and is closer to the real word accounting. It requires understanding more than memorising. Knowing the debits and credits is definitely a must in this subject. So make sure that you are familiar with the basic accounting before you accept this challenge”

Would you recommend this subject? Yes

“Really interesting subject. covers the basics of human food and nutrition- has a bit of biology, a bit of chemistry and a bit of nutrition. Pretty easy to understand; topics were very interesting. Tutorials were exceedingly helpful. Nonetheless, there is a lot to remember.”

Would you recommend this subject? YES

“Core subject for Second year of Biomedicine. 25 credit point subject and so it rightfully requires quite a bit of work and study. The topics covered were amazing and really interesting. Subject was broken into 5 main topics: Biochemistry, Genetics, Cell Biology, Immunity and Pathology. Each topic has a CAL and accompanying quiz; and at the end of semester, there are two exams. In the first week, Terry Mulhern will hit you with the 20 amino acids (structure and properties) and the 10 steps of glycolysis, 8 steps of Krebs cycle and 5 steps of the electron transport chain… start learning them early, it will really help!
I advise that you start studying EARLY, don’t miss any lectures, don’t fall behind. Its an awesome subject; it gave a taste of many important and awesome topics in human biology; I really really really loved it, but requires lots of work. Enjoy it!”

Would you recommend this subject? YES


“Overall, this subject was quite good.

Lectures covered the history and development of medical practice and principles as we know it today. The lectures were ‘very historical’ and sometimes quite boring.

But the tutorials were much more interesting. The assessment consists of a weekly 150blog (in which you had to pick out a point from the material that was covered that week and elaborate on it, say what you learnt etc. it wasn’t too hard to do), a 2000 word critical review of anything related to medicine (any text, book, movie, article, series….) and a group wiki assignment relating to a ‘scandal’ in medical history. The wiki was really great and very easy to do.”

Would you recommend this subject? YES

“Human Structure and function was quite good. It consists of three main sections 1) Physiology 2) Pharmacology 3) Anatomy. the lectures are organised (or unorganised?!) in such a way that you cover the part of the body and its anatomy and physiology at roughly the same time. 

The anatomy was intense, and the pracs (real cadavers!) were quite intense, but overall pretty amazing. Advice for anatomy: they expect you to know everything! no tiny detail is insignificant. stay on top of the material, use the ADSL and pracs to help and you should be fine! 🙂 

The Physiology was also good, but at times it wasn’t taught very well. Here is where the textbook (Human Physiology- an integrated approach, Silverthorne) becomes your best friend. stay on top of the readings and answer the questions! (why, you may ask? well, they all have answers… and I noticed a very clear similarity between one of the questions on the exam and one of the questions in the book!!)

Pharmacology, was quite interesting. Lots of drugs to remember (remember them all!), but interesting. 
Overall, HSF was a good subject, but don’t fall behind- stay on top of all the readings and exercises :)”

Would you recommend this subject? YES


“This is not an easy subject that you can expect to get an easy pass in. If you’re not motivated to learn about the body, don’t bother, here are heaps of people who are and will do a lot better than you as they are interested and motivated.

Some of the lecturers go way too quickly and talk about trash really sloooowly and then zoom through the important stuff.

Practicals are fun and helpful so don’t wag them.

Don’t buy the textbooks, not worth it. Use online resource, Anatomedia, to supplement learning.

MOST IMPORTANTLY, they do not provide practice exams so look up the biomed’s similar subject for papers. The ADSLs have unlimited tries and goes so get 100% everytime as it counts towards your mark..PRINT SCREEN QUESTIONS AND EXPLAINED ANSWERS FOR EXAM REVISION.”

Would you recommend this subject? NO

“Microbes was a great subject. there was a lot of content to know, but it was awesome. We covered a few main topics:
1) Gastroenteritis 
2) Respiratory infections 
3) Sexually transmitted infections 
4) Nosocomial infections 
5) Symbiotic infections as well as few other infections.
In each of these topics, we looked at bacteria/viruses/parasites that can cause the disease, how the immune system responds, how it is diagnosed in a lab and how it is treated. in each of these topics, we also looked at the epidemiology of the diseases.

By the end of semester, we had covered about 40 different microbes, which seems intimidating, but it wasn’t too bad. It was a challenge to remember everything, but it was really interesting and enjoyable.

The pracs were good. Don’t be intimidated by the three-hour pracs: they were always related to the lectures and guided our overall learning of the main topics. 

The lecturers are awesome and really helpful. “

Would you recommend this subject? YES

“This topic was great overall. What let it down was the mismatch of lecture content to the readings, and the consistencie of historical themes through the content. Class discussion was very minimal, but if you like sitting in near silence for an hour then this is the subject for you!
The redeeming element to this subject was the assessment. The first task is an Archive assignment, where you find your own source from an archive and analyse it. This is really what History is about, and you feel like a real detective trawling through documents looking for any leads to a big thing in history. It is a shame that they leave this sort of task to second year though…”

Would you recommend this subject? YES

“Really enjoyable subject. Took a more historical angle than I was expecting but that worked in my favour. The content in the latter weeks was very relevant to issues in the world now and we regularly discussed the conflict in Syria that is ongoing along with other things that are prominent in international relations.

The only issue I had was the fact we had to buy the subject coordinator’s book. Not only did that seem a bit dodgy but the book didn’t contain any content different from the lectures. “

Would you recommend this subject? YES

“Quite difficult and very theoretical but overall very interesting. The tutors are much better than the Lecturer but he’s not bad. Being able to relate what we learnt to current events was helpful and it was clear how Terrorism has been redefined by 9/11.”

Would you recommend this subject? YES