Human Health - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Web Dependent
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Online Discussion (25%) , Report1 - up to 800 words (15%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 1,114.00
HECS 1,114.00
International 1,364.00

Human Health covers: chemical principals; the cell and its function; skeletal muscle structure; neuromuscular transmission; excitation contraction coupling; general human biology; structure and function of body tissues; structural components of respiration, and applied and functional anatomy of the limbs with emphasis on the musculoskeletal, cardio-respiratory and nervous systems; effects of activity and inactivity; basic nutrition.

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

  1. use terminology appropriate to human anatomy
  2. understand and describe the functional anatomy of the limbs
  3. explain basic chemical, physiological and biological concepts
  4. discuss the functioning of the nervous, musculoskeletal and cardiorespiratory systems in relation to human activity
  5. explain the principles of good nutrition.
  • Online Discussion (25%)
  • Report1 — up to 800 words (15%)
  • Report2 — up to 1000 words (60%)

Recommended prerequisites

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

Students without previous experience of university study are recommended to complete one of the recommended prerequisites before commencing this unit.

  • Broadband access
  • 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
3The skeletal system
4The muscular system
5The nervous system
6The structure and transport of blood
7The structure and function of the respiratory system
8Nutrition and metabolism

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Chat rooms
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture

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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