The unit introduces students to theoretical aspects of anatomy and physiology relevant to the practice of dermal therapy. The unit provides important underpinning knowledge that students will require in their practical applications throughout the degree program. Topics include; introduction to anatomical terminology; introduction to cell and tissue biology; the musculoskeletal system and circulatory system with emphasis on craniofacial anatomy and physiology of these systems; introduction to endocrine system biology with emphasis on homeostasis and feedback mechanisms relevant to dermal science.

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HBD1201 - Introduction to Dermal Sciences

HBD1201 Introduction to Dermal Sciences OR 96 credit points of first year.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Conceptualise the basic structure and function of cells and tissues, including cell membranes;  
  2. Discuss the general structure and function of the circulatory system, craniofacial vasculature and microvasculature of the skin, using correct anatomical terminology;  
  3. Determine the structure and function of the musculoskeletal system with an emphasis on craniofacial musculature and osteology, using correct anatomical terminology;  
  4. Conceptualise and discuss the regulatory role of the endocrine system in terms of homeostatic feedback mechanisms with an emphasis on the role of hormones in regulating the integumentary system.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Online tests (4x20mins maximum duration) 20%
Portfolio Answer research questions to create a workbook for submission 40%
Presentation Poster presentations with Q&A in groups of 4-5 students 40%

Required reading

Principles of anatomy and physiology 2nd Asia-Pacific ed.
Tortora, G.J., & Derrickson, B. (2018)
Hoboken, NJ: Wiley and Sons.

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