This unit (HBD1201) introduces students to the basic principles of anatomy and biology for dermal science. It encompasses knowledge regarding the musculoskeletal and nervous systems in a context relevant to face and body treatments, and introduces students to the functions, structure and thermoregulatory role of the integumentary system. The skin and its appendages are reviewed with regards to structure and function.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Review the structure of the epidermis, dermis and hypodermis relevant to the practice of facial and body treatments;  
  2. Discuss the functions of the skin including the role that it plays in thermoregulation and assess the requirements for a healthy integumentary system;  
  3. Investigate the types, structure and function of the various glands and nerves of the skin;  
  4. Determine the location and function of the skeletal and muscular structures of the body;  
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of skin, human anatomy and construction of scientific knowledge.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Two (2) Online Quizzes 20%
Project Group Activity (design a poster or portfolio) 40%
Presentation Group Presentation 40%

Required reading

Readings and reference materials will be available on the VU Collaborate space for this unit.

Principles of Anatomy and Physiology 2nd Asia-Pacific Ed.
Tortora, G. (2018)

RECOMMENDED TEXT: Trefil, J., & Hazen, R. M. (2015). The Sciences. New York: Wiley, 2015.

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