Introduction to Human Physiology - 2018

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP2 , SP3 , SP4
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP2 , SP3 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assessment - Online assessment task (10%) , Case Studies - 2x Case Studies 1650 word tot. (30%) - Learn more

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2018 Fees
Domestic 1,169.00
HECS 1,169.00
International 1,450.00

Please note: this unit was previously known as Human Biosciences A.

In this subject, students will be introduced to the anatomical organisation of the body, the basics of cell structure and function, and the major tissue types. The fundamentals of the nervous and endocrine systems will then be explored in the context of mechanisms of physiological control. This information will provide the foundation for the study of the major organ systems of the body which includes the respiratory, cardiovascular, renal, digestive, skeletal muscle, and immune systems. The subject will conclude with the basics of nutrition and metabolism which integrates many of the topics covered throughout the subject. In addition, students may be offered the opportunity to engage in guided independent learning throughout the study period to extend their level of knowledge in the topic areas described above.

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

  1. relate the anatomical organisation of the human body to whole body function
  2. explain how cellular activity contributes to the function of organs and the body as a whole
  3. explain how a given body system contributes to homeostasis under normal conditions
  4. interpret scientific information presented as tables, graphs and diagrams and communicate using correct physiological terminology.
  • Assessment — Online assessment task (10%)
  • Case Studies — 2x Case Studies 1650 word tot. (30%)
  • Quizzes — 6 x 20min quizzes (60%)

There are no prerequisites for 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 — This subject is offered via Open Universities Australia. La Trobe University students can undertake this subject as part of a cross institutional enrolment under certain circumstances , and must seek approval from the Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Course Coordinator for eligibility. Due to the nature of the subject content and online delivery, enrolments are generally not permitted past the published OUA enrolment date for the study period.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to the Human Body
2Cell Structure and Function
3Movement of Molecules
4Nervous System
5Homeostasis and Endocrine
6The Heart
7Cardiovascular System
8Respiratory System
9Digestion and Metabolism
10Renal System
11Reproductive System
12Acid Base

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

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

Print based materials

  • Study Guide

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • 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.

Textbook information for this unit is currently being updated and will be available soon. Please check back regularly for updates. Alternatively, visit the The Co-op website and enter the unit details to search for available textbooks.

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