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Dr Santha James Name: Dr Santha James
Senior Lecturer (Biosciences)
+613 9953 3219
Organisational Area
Faculty of Health Sciences
School of Behavioural and Health Sciences (VIC)
Building 420 - The Mary Glowrey Building (115 Victoria Parade, Fitzroy VIC 3065)-Level 3-Room 420.3.64
Biographical Information

Santha is the National Course Coordinator for Biomedical Science and Senior Lecturer teaching biology to biomedical, nursing, midwifery and other health science students. She believes in inspiring students through her continuing love of learning and research. She comes to ACU with a rich multicultural experience of learning and teaching from institutions in India, Lesotho, South Africa and Australia.


Graduate Certificate in Higher Education, Australian Catholic University, Australia, 2011 

Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Education from The University of Melbourne, Australia, 2002 

PhD, the former Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education (now known as North-West University), South Africa, 2000 

BEd (Honours), University of Bophuthatswana (now amalgamated into North-West University), South Africa, 1986 




Chronic diseases: epidemiology - Journal articles and conference presentations

  • James, S. Changes in levels of plasma fibrinogen and macromolecular protein complex among Africans in transition in the Northwest Province of South Africa. Thesis submitted for the degree of Philosophiae Doctor in the Department of Nutrition and Family Ecology of the Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education, (September 2000)

  • H. H. Vorster, S. James, C. H. Nair, H. S. Kruger, T. A. Nell. The relationship between nutritional status and plasma fibrinogen. 36th SEMDSA/6th LASSA/4th DESSA workshop, Durban: 2-7 April 2000.

  • James, S., Vorster, H.H., Venter, C.S., Kruger, H.S., Nell, T.A., Veldman, F.J. & Ubbink, J.B. Nutritional status influences plasma fibrinogen concentration: evidence from the THUSA survey. Thrombosis Research, 98 (2000): 383-394.

  • Vorster, H.H., James, S, MacIntyre, U, Jerling, JC, Veldman, FJ, Nell, TA, Venter, CS, Kruger, HS, Kruger, A, Lessing, C. 85. The relationship between plasma fibrinogen and nutritional status. Blood Coagulation & Fibrinolysis 9 (7), 710. 1998.
  • Vorster, H.H., James, S, MacIntyre, U, Jerling, JC, Veldman, FJ, Nell, TA, Venter, CS, Kruger, HS, Kruger, A, Lessing, C. The relationship between plasma fibrinogen and nutritional status: the THUSA study. XVth International Fibrinogen Workshop, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A. 13 &ndash 15 August 1998.
  • James, S., Vorster, H., Jerling, J., Veldman, F.J. & Nell, T. Association of plasma fibrinogen with serum albumin: A new health indicator from the THUSA study? Fifth biennial congress of the Association for Dietetics in South Africa and 17th biennial congress of the Nutrition Society of Southern Africa. Sun City. 25-29 May 1998.

  • James, S., Vorster, H., Jerling, J., Veldman, F., Burger, H., Nell, T., Lessing, C. & Kruger, H. The impact of urbanization and the nutrition transition on plasma fibrinogen of Africans: the THUSA study (Poster). 16th International Congress of Nutrition, Montreal, Canada: 27 July &ndash 1 August 1997.


Health Science Education Journal articles and conference presentations

  • James S, Morris GM, Martinac B. Online Science Modules for Transition to University in Health Sciences 9th Annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation &ndash 2016 14-16 November Seville, Spain. ICERI2016 Proceedings doi: 10.21125/iceri.2016.

  • Mitchell, EKL, James, S & D&rsquoAmore, A. (2015). "How learning styles and preferences change in a longitudinal cohort of first year nursing and midwifery students. Australian Journal of Education. Vol 59 (2). pp. 158-168.

  • James, S. (2012). Student learning preferences and academic achievement in biology for health science students: a pilot study.  Australia & New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators 2012 (ANZAHPE 2012) Conference held in Rotorua, New Zealand, June 26 &ndash 29 2012.

  • D'Amore, A, James, S & Mitchell, E. (2012). Learning styles of first-year undergraduate nursing and midwifery students: A cross-sectional survey utilising the Kolb Learning Style Inventory, Nurse Education Today Vol 32, pp. 506-515.

  • James, S, D&rsquoAmore, A.  & Thomas, T.  (2011). Learning preferences of first year nursing and midwifery students: Utilising VARK, Nurse Education Today Vol 31, pp. 417&ndash423.

  • James, S. (2011). Do Learning Styles Matter? A Study of First Year Undergraduate Nursing and Midwifery Students. Arts & Sciences Staff Research Seminar presented on 20 April.

  • James, S. (2011). Do Learning Styles Matter? A Study of First Year Undergraduate Nursing and Midwifery Students. Professional Development Seminar presented to ACUcom staff on 26 May by invitation.

  • D&rsquoAmore, A., James, S. & Thomas, T. (2009). Informing Educators about Student Learning and Preferences: A Study of First Year Nursing Students&rsquo. SCUTREA (Standing Conference on University Teaching and Research in the Education of Adults). Poster presentation. The 39th SCUTREA Annual Conference, University of Cambridge, 7-9 July, 2009.

  • James, S. & D&rsquoAmore, A. (2009). &lsquoExploring Learning Styles among First Year Nursing students&rsquo Personally Arranged Learning Session (PeArLs). ANZAME09 (The Association of Health Professional Education). Launceston, Tasmania, 30 June &ndash 3 July, 2009.

  • James, S. and Jones, K. Mind and Body: an innovative curriculum approach in health science. In touch newsletter of the Public Health Association of Australia Inc., Vol 23(10), November 2006.

  • James, S., Lo I., McErvale, P. & Tao, T. Early Brain Development: Implications for Childhood Education -Multimedia Project submitted for assessment &ndash University of Melbourne 2001.


  • Health Science Education - Learning Styles

  • Chronic diseases across the life span



Recipient: Faculty of Arts and Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award, 2013

ACU Citation: for engaging students from diverse backgrounds in the science curriculum and inspiring them for critical thinking and lifelong learning through passionate and scholarly teaching, 2014

Units taught at Australian Catholic University (2007 &ndash 2015)

  • BIOL117 (Applied Science for Practice 1) LIC 2007

  • BIOL118 (Applied Science for Practice 2) LIC 2009

  • BIOL119 (Foundation Biological Science 1)

  • BIOL120 (Foundation Biological Science 2) LIC 2012

  • BIOL121 (Human Biological Science 1) LIC 2013

  • BIOL122 (Human Biological Science 2)

  • BIOL123 (Cells and Tissues - the Fabric of Life) NTL 2015 - 2018

  • BIOL124 (Human Body in Health and Disease 1) NTL 2015 - 2017

  • BIOL204 (Human Body in Health and Disease 2) 

  • BIOL 206 (Human Genetics) NTL 2016-2018

  • 217 (Human Genetics) LIC 2007 - 2012

  • BIOL 228 (Applied Science for Practice 3)

  • BIOL 229 (Applied Science for Practice 4)

  • BIOL 326 (Applied Science for Practice 5) LIC 2010 , Asst LIC 2011

  • NRSG 259 (Promoting Health in Extended Care)

  • BIOL128 (Human Body), LIC, 2017

  • HLSC301 (Community Engagement), LIC, 2017

  • BMSC306 (Advanced Physiology), LIC, 2017

Previous tertiary experience

  • Senior Lecturer, Curriculum Development and Teaching in Department of Health Sciences, Monash University, Australia 2005-2006

  • Sessional and Part-Time Lecturer, Department of Science and Engineering, Monash University, 2003-2004

  • Lecturer, Curriculum Development and Teaching in Biology and Human Anatomy, North-West University, South Africa 1986-1999.


Professional Memberships
  • Member: Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia

  • Member: American Association for Advancement of Science

  • Life Member: The Anatomical Society of Southern Africa

Professional and Community Engagement:

  • Peer Reviewer: Nurse Education Today International Medical Education Journal, Anatomical Sciences Education, Contempoaray Nurse, Psychological Reports, Global Journal of Health Science

  • Chair, Curriculum Implementation Committee for undergraduate courses, School of Science, 2016-2017

  • Member,  Internationalisation Committee, Faculty of Health Science, 2016-2017

  • Member, School Committee,, 2016-2017

  • School Learning and Teaching Committee, School of Science, 2016-2017

  • Assessment Review Committee, School of Science, 2016-2017

  • Research and Training Committee, School of Science, 2014-2016

  • Represented Science on the Standing Committee for Community Engagement Working Group on Melbourne/Ballarat Campuses

  • Representing the School on UGCIC for School of Public Health 2017

  • Curriculum Implementation Committee, Graduate Certificate of Higher Education, ACU, 2013-2014

  • e-Learning Facilitator (2011-2013), School of Arts and Sciences, ACU

  • Member (2013): Research Committee, School of Arts and Sciences, ACU

  • Member (2011-2012): Assessment and Review Committee, School of Arts and Sciences, ACU

  • Tutor/Reserve: Atherton Gardens Homework Club

  • Member: Parish Care and Concern group, St. Joseph's Parish, Chelsea.


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