Subject details

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

  • relate the anatomical 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
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online assignment submission
      • Web links
      • Virtual Classroom
    • Print materials

      • Study guide
    • Online materials

      • Resources and Links
      • Audio-Video streaming
      • Quizzes
      • Printable format materials

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

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    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.

Please note: this subject 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.

  • 2 x Online assessment tasks (1000 word total equiv) (30%)
  • 4 x 20min module quizzes and reflections (30%)
  • 1 x Video presentation (equivalent to 1500 words) (40%)

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Textbook information is pending.

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