Introduction to Health Sciences - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Non Award
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP4
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP2 , SP3 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assessment - Written Assessment (40%) , Invigilated Exam - Final Exam (50%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 1,299.00
International 1,549.00

An overview of the structure and function of human anatomy and physiology with an emphasis on musculo-skeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, nervous, digestive, endocrine and immune systems. Human cell biology and homeostasis will also be investigated.

Please Note: This unit cannot be used as credit towards a university course. However, it is designed to enable students to qualify for entry to an undergraduate degree.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. describe the structure and function of major body systems; explain how each system works and its relationship to health and wellness
  2. demonstrate knowledge of the body's systems and explain how they interact and contribute to homeostasis within the body
  3. demonstrate knowledge of basic scientific concepts applied to the human body including chemistry and physics
  4. demonstrate ability to locate read, summarise and correctly reference scientific literature in written tasks.
  • Assessment — Written Assessment (40%)
  • Invigilated Exam — Final Exam (50%)
  • Test — Online E-Test (10%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Audio/Visual equipment

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Terminology, language and foundations
2The skeleton, joints and movement
3Bone anatomy and physiology
4Muscle types and contractions
5Muscles on the human body
6The Cardiovascular System
7The Respiratory System
8Cells and Scientific concepts
9Cell Types and Transport
10Digestive System and Metabolism
11Nervous System and Homeostasis
12Endocrine System

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Blogs
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Glossary
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Web links

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