Human Health - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Web Dependent
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Online Activities (50%) , Quiz 1 (25%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 1,131.00
HECS 1,131.00
International 1,381.00

In this unit, 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 system will then be explored in the context of mechanisms of physiological control. This information will provide the foundation for the study of many of the major organ systems of the body which includes the respiratory, cardiovascular, digestive, skeletal and muscular systems. The unit will conclude with the basics of nutrition and metabolism which integrates many of the topics covered throughout the subject including homeostasis. In addition, students may attend virtual classrooms for live interaction with tutor and peers to prepare for the assignments.

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

  1. use terminology appropriate to human anatomy
  2. explain basic chemical, physiological and biological concepts
  3. explain how cellular activity contributes to the function of organs and the body as a whole
  4. explain how a given body system contributes to homeostasis under normal conditions
  5. discuss the functioning of the digestive, nervous, musculoskeletal and cardiorespiratory systems in relation to human activity
  6. explain the principles of good nutrition
  7. develop writing and presentation skills.
  • Assignment 1 — Online Activities (50%)
  • Quiz 1 (25%)
  • Quiz 2 (25%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Other special requirement — Students will require Windows Vista, Windows 7 or higher. UniSA does not support Windows XP.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Overview of the human organism
2Homeostasis and body organisation
3Introductory Chemistry
4The skeletal system
5The muscular system
6The nervous system - Part 1 and Part 2
7The cardiovascular system and blood
8The respiratory system
9The digestive system
10Nutrition and metabolism
11Writing skills

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Virtual Classroom

Online materials

  • Printable format materials
  • Quizzes
  • Resources and Links

This unit is not currently a requirement for any courses, but may be eligible for credit.

  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.

Click on the titles of the listed books below to find out more:

Required textbooks

  • Essentials of Human Anatomy & Physiology (Global Edition)

    By:Elaine Marieb

    ISBN: 9781292057200


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

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