BIPH2000 – Foundations of Biophysics

Lecturer Dr Megan O'Mara
Course Link UQ Site
Faculty Science
Prerequisites BIOL1040 + (PHYS1001 or PHYS1171)
Contact Hours 3 Lecture hours, 1 Tutorial hour
Semester(s) Taught Semester 2
Course Units 2
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BIPH2000 – Foundations of Biophysics 90.9

Taken Sem 2 of 2018:

This course was coordinated by Dr Michael Landsberg. This was an absolutely fantastic course and if I had an extra elective I'd do BIPH3000!

The course lays your foundation for linking all the major STEM fields together. The course content is split it modules, each module being covered by a different lecturer. The teaching staff are experts in their respective modules which allowed us to go quite deep into the content at times. This also meant that they could give great insight on any questions we asked.

Each module has it's own respective workshop (or tutorial questions). Each worth 3%, summing up to 25%. This might seem like a lot, but after lecture and workshop attendance, you usually finish 80% of the questions within the workshop.

There is also a seminar presentation after the mid-sem break. The seminar presentation is based on a topic you choose within the broad field of biophysics which you have multiple weeks to prepare for. I thoroughly enjoyed the presentations as the teaching staff gave great feedback on our presentations.

Overall, the course is not a "monkey-see-monkey-do" course. You cannot take this course and expect to rote-learn the content. This course expects you to understand the fundamental concepts so you can apply it to ANY problem. Questions can be quite abstract at times and requires a deep understanding of the content. When you finish this course, you can truly apply the content that you learned to any problem and be confident enough to tackle it.

I highly advise this course if you are interested in research.

Semester taken

Semester 1 - 2017

Your program/major

Biomedical and Electrical Engineering (Honours)

Is lecture attendance necessary?


Is the textbook necessary?

Can be useful for solving workshops.

  • Deep problem solving of abstract ideas.
  • Extremely interactive course.
  • Develops your research and presentation skills
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Posted on March 29, 2019 8:48 am

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