Human Biosciences B - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP4
  • Availability for 2018: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Invigilated Exam - 2 hour invigilated exam (40%) , Quizzes - 5 x 125 word equivalent each (20%) - Learn more

Unit provided by

2017 Fees
Domestic 1,131.00
HECS 1,131.00

Please note: The required textbook for HBS102 is available in print, see 'Textbooks you'll need' section, and eBook, see 'Are you eligible for study?' section for more information.

In this subject, students will continue with the study of anatomy and physiology and apply the concepts of human structure and function introduced in HBS101, to the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. Anatomical principles and terminology will be applied to relevant body systems and the concept of integrated function of multiple systems in one body region will be introduced.

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

  1. apply relevant anatomical principles to describe the structure and function of selected body systems
  2. apply relevant anatomical principles to integrate structure and function of body systems within an anatomical region
  3. use appropriate skills to achieve significant outcomes in a human bioscience enquiry.
  • Invigilated Exam — 2 hour invigilated exam (40%)
  • Quizzes — 5 x 125 word equivalent each (20%)
  • Report — 600 word team report (20%)
  • Test — 600 word equivalent test (20%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Recommended prerequisites

You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

  • Additional materials — There is also an eText available for this unit: This text is required for both HBS101 and HBS102.
  • Other special requirement — No enrolments beyond published OUA close of enrolment date. If cross institutional, unit coordinator approval needed. For more info, search La Trobe On Campus to Online on the OUA website.

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to Subject, Anatomy and Enquiry
2Body Tissues and Layers
3Medical Imaging
4Skeletal System
5Skeletal Muscles and Movements
6Muscle Physiology
7Overview, Development and Function of the Central Nervous System
8Peripheral Nervous System
9Anatomy of the Autonomic Nervous System
10Special Senses
11Applied Anatomy - Clinical Applications
12The Back - Skeleton and Muscles
13Applied Anatomy - Disc Herniation and Muscle Strain
14Thoracic Cavity and Membranes
15Thoracic Organs and Vessels
16Abdominopelvic Cavity and Membranes
17Abdominopelvic Organs and Vessels
19Applied Anatomy - Pregnancy

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Blogs
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Web links
  • Wikis

Print based materials

  • Study Guide

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Quizzes
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

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Required textbooks

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