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Human Biology

Undergraduate | MAQ-BIOX1210 | 2024

Previously MAQ-BIOX108

Develop your knowledge of human biology, and gain understanding of current scientific and social issues including DNA technology, genetic engineering and cloning. Designed for students who are new to biology, but applicable for all biology students.

Study method
Online & on-campus
Subject may require attendance
Entry requirements
Prior study needed
13 weeks
Start dates
19 Feb 2024

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Human Biology

About this subject

  • On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

    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. Summarise key findings related to complex biological topics

Entry requirements

Equivalent subjects

You should not enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • MAQ-BIOX108 (Not currently available)


NCCW (pre-2020 units): BIOX108, BIOL108
NCCW (2020 and onwards): BIOL1210 Human Biology

Additional requirements

  • Attendance requirements - 5 x 1 hour workshops at the North Ryde campus. These workshops help expand the student knowledge in a few key topics from the course e.g. Reflective Writing; Cell Biology; Genetics; Metabolism; Chemistry.
  • Placement requirements - 3 x 3 hour practical classes at the North Ryde campus, covering basic science lab techniques relevant to human biology. Microscopy for Beginners; Pipetting Basics; Foundations in Anatomy and Aseptic Technique
  • Other requirements - Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.

Study load

0.125 EFTSL
This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.

Equivalent full time study load (EFTSL) is one way to calculate your study load. One (1.0) EFTSL is equivalent to a full-time study load for one year.

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What to study next?

Once you’ve completed this subject it can be credited towards one of the following courses

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Bachelor of Science

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