Human Biology - 2018

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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 2018: Sem1
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - 200 word statement (2%) , Assignment 2 - reference list (8%) - Learn more

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2018 Fees
Domestic 1,153.00
HECS 1,169.00
International 1,403.00

This unit deals with human biology and the interactions of humans with the rest of the living world. Topics include: human genetics, anatomy, physiology, reproduction, and evolution. Attention is paid to topics of current interest, such as emerging diseases, DNA technology, genetic engineering, cloning, and the impact of human activities on biodiversity and the biosphere. The unit is designed for students with no background in biology, however students whose area of study is biology are also encouraged to attend.

  1. Demonstrate an understanding and working knowledge of key biological terms
  2. Explain physiological processes in the human body starting at the genetic level and working through the biochemistry, cell and tissue functions to a physical outcome.
  3. Outline the complex interactions between organ systems that result in homeostasis
  4. Apply biological concepts to a range of contemporary issues
  5. Find scientific articles and critically evaluate the design and conclusions of biological experiments
  6. Summarize key findings related to complex biological topics
  7. Make judgments about the validity of statements made about biological processes by academics, journalists, politicians and other commentators
  • Assignment 1 — 200 word statement (2%)
  • Assignment 2 — reference list (8%)
  • Essay — 2000 word essay (25%)
  • Invigilated Exam (50%)
  • Quizzes — Weekly quizzes (15%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Broadband access

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Atoms to cells
2Cells in Action
3Body Bits: Metabolism and Human Organ Systems
4Getting it Together: The Human Individual

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