In this unit, human anatomy and physiology will be introduced and placed in context with nursing in an integrated fashion. The unit provides an overview of the organisation of the human body. Basic concepts in chemistry and biochemistry are presented as essential background for understanding pharmacology and the structure and function of cells and tissues. Students are introduced to microbiology and the importance of infection control. Students will study the structure and function of the musculoskeletal, nervous and endocrine systems.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Use appropriate anatomical terminology;  
  2. Describe basic principles of chemistry and biochemistry;  
  3. Describe the structure of the cell and state cell function;  
  4. Describe the location, structure and function of epithelial and connective tissues;  
  5. Describe the structure, function and importance of the integumentary system;  
  6. Describe the fundamentals of microbiology and the importance of infection control;  
  7. Describe the basic anatomy of the central and peripheral nervous systems;  
  8. Explain the basic principles of neurophysiology;  
  9. Describe the structure and function of various bones, joints, and muscles;  
  10. Describe how physiological homeostasis is maintained; and  
  11. Describe the structure and function of the neuro-endocrine system.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Two (2) tests (30 minutes each) 20%
Examination Practical examination (1 hour) 30%
Examination Written examination (2 hours) 50%

Required reading

Human anatomy and physiology 8th
Marieb, E.N., & Hoehn, K. (2010)
Pearson Benjamin Cummings: California, USA.

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