Subject details

  • Topics
    • 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
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Web links
      • Wikis
    • Print Materials
      • Study guide
    • Online Materials
      • Resources and Links
      • Audio-Video streaming

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

  1. relate the anatomical organisation of the human body to whole body function
  2. explain how cellular activity contributes to the function of organs and the body as a whole
  3. explain how a given body system contributes to homeostasis under normal conditions
  4. interpret scientific information presented as tables, graphs and diagrams and communicate using correct physiological terminology.
  • Assignment 1 - 6 x 20min quizzes (60%)
  • Assignment 2 - 2x Case Studies 1650 word tot. (30%)
  • Assignment 3 - Online assessment task (10%)

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 subject

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

No special requirements

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.

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