The structure and function of the human body is introduced and placed in an integrated fashion within the context of health care. Following a brief overview of the organisation of the human body, students are introduced to the structure and function of cells and various types of tissues. Students are introduced to microbiology within the context of infection control. The nervous system is discussed to highlight it's regulatory role for control, co-ordination and communication. The cardiovascular, respiratory and reproductive systems, and pregnancy, are placed in context with their overall regulation and co-ordination via the neuro-endocrine system. This provides an understanding of how homeostatic mechanisms regulate variables such as blood pressure, blood gas status and parturition.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Review the structures and functions of human cells and tissues;  
  2. Examine the basic concepts of microbiology and infection control in relation to the human body;  
  3. Evaluate the structures and functions of the nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory and reproductive systems;  
  4. Investigate the processes of conception, pregnancy and parturition;  
  5. Apply knowledge and understanding of human structure and function of these organ systems to clinical scenarios through laboratory experiment and activities, and team based guided inquiry learning.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Laboratory Work Three (3) Laboratory worksheets (200 words each) 20%
Exercise Two (2) Collaborative Team Tests (30 mins each) 30%
Test Two (2) individual topic tests (multiple choice and short answers, 60 minutes each) (hurdle) 50%
To gain an overall pass in this unit, students must attend a minimum of 80% of all labs and pass the two individual topic tests. The topic tests are a hurdle requirement that assesses all learning outcomes for this unit, which underpins essential knowledge that informs allied health practitioners including nurses, midwives and paramedics. Acquisition of laboratory skills is an integral part of the learning outcomes for this unit and are endorsed by accrediting bodies.

Required reading

Human Anatomy & Physiology (11th Global ed.).
Marieb, E.N., & Hoehn, K. (2018).
Boston, MA: Pearson

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