Introduction to Human Physiology
Map the complex architecture of the human body and learn how it’s organised and structured. Navigate the journey of the smallest cell to the largest organ. Observe how the body performs and adapts, responding to stress and disease to maintain life.
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- 28 Feb 2022
- 30 May 2022
- 29 Aug 2022
- 28 Nov 2022
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At the completion of this subject students will be able to:
- relate the structural organisation of the human body to whole body function;
- explain how cellular activity contributes to the function of organs and the body as a whole;
- explain how a given body system contributes to homeostasis under normal conditions;
- interpret scientific information presented as tables, graphs and diagrams and communicate using correct physiological terminology.
- Introduction to the Human Body
- Cell Structure and Function
- Movement of Molecules
- Nervous System
- Homeostasis and Endocrine
- The Heart
- Cardiovascular System
- Respiratory System
- Digestion and Metabolism
- Renal System
- Reproductive System
- Acid Base
No eligibility requirements
- Other requirements - This subject is offered via Open Universities Australia. Late enrolments are generally not permitted past the published OUA close of application date for the study period. For students not enrolled in the prerequisite courses, you may be able to undertake these subjects with approval from your home course coordinator, please contact Ask La Trobe for assistance with this request.
In this subject, you 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 and homeostasis. This information will provide the foundation for the study of the major organ systems of the body which includes the respiratory, cardiovascular, renal, digestive, reproductive, 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, you may be offered the opportunity to engage in guided independent learning throughout the study period to extend your level of knowledge in the topic areas described above.
Please note: this subject was previously known as Human Biosciences A.
- 2 x online assessments (2500 word total equiv) (70%)
- 4 x 20 min module quizzes and reflections (1400 word total equiv) (30%)
Current study term: 28 Nov 21 to 27 Feb 22
Next study term: 27 Feb 22 to 29 May 22
Textbook information is pending.