This unit expands on content from 'Anatomy and Physiology 1' of the structure and function of the human body, using homeostatic regulation of the internal environment as the ongoing theme. The endocrine and renal systems are discussed, as well as their roles in the regulation of variables such as fluid and electrolyte balance and acid-base balance. The provision of nutrients to the body by the gastrointestinal system is integrated with the study of biochemistry and metabolism. The bones, joints and muscles of the body are taught in an integrated way using a regional approach. This is followed by a discussion of the special senses, in particular sight and hearing. The integumentary system is covered to emphasise the importance of, for example, skin colour, temperature and sensation relevant to health care.

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HBM1001 - Anatomy and Physiology 1

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Investigate the structure and function of the renal, endocrine, gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal and integumentary systems in the human body;  
  2. Explain how the homeostatic mechanisms regulate fluid and electrolyte balance and acid-base balance;  
  3. Evaluate the concepts of chemistry and biochemistry in relation to digestion and nutrition; and  
  4. 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, 65 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 and Physiology (11th Global ed.).
Marieb, E.N., & Hoehn, K. (2018).
Boston, MA: Pearson

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