The general aim of the unit is to give students an understanding of basic concepts in human physiology. The unit will comprise a description of basic cell structures and functions for generalised and specialised cells; outline co-ordinated body functions with specific applications to the nervous, endocrine, muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive and urinary systems. In addition, basic concepts in organic metabolism and energy balance will be considered.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Describe and relate the structure and function of the nervous, endocrine, muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive and urinary systems to normal physiological processes;  
  2. Apply the occupational health and safety, environmental, social and cultural responsibilities and regulations while working in a virtual laboratory environment;  
  3. Develop skills in common experimental techniques, observation, recording of data and critical analysis that enables them to solve scientific problems;  
  4. Communicate scientific concepts professionally and effectively in various contexts as an individual or in groups; and  
  5. Develop the ability to access, evaluate, interpret, synthesise and present evidence-based research.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Exercise Team Worksheets x 3 (250 words) 10%
Laboratory Work Laboratory Reports x 4 (750 words each) 30%
Test Topic Tests x 3 30%
Presentation Individual Video & Infographic Presentation 30%
Students are required to obtain a cumulative mark of 50% for this unit. 80% attendance is required for the laboratory component (hurdle requirement).

Required reading

Introduction to the Human Body. 11th ed.
Tortora, G.J., Derrickson, B.H., (2018)
Australia & New Zealand Edition. Wiley

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