If you're studying this unit in Melbourne, it's delivered in our First Year Model from semester 1, 2018. Instead of juggling four units at once, you'll focus on this one unit across a four-week period. 

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 cardiovascular, respiratory, musculo-skeletal, neural, alimentary and renal systems. In addition, basic concepts in organic metabolism and energy balance will be considered.

Unit details

Study level:
Undergraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
RBM1174

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Describe and relate the structure and function of the cardiovascular system, urinary system, respiratory system, gastrointestinal system, musculoskeletal and neuroendocrine system to normal physiological processes;  
  2. Apply the occupational health and safety, environmental, social and cultural responsibilities and regulations while working in a laboratory environment;  
  3. Develop skills in common experimental techniques, observation, recording of data and critical analysis that enables them to solve scientific problems; and  
  4. Communicate effectively while collaborating with peers and staff and work independently in a laboratory environment.  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Exercise Guided-inquiry worksheets x 3 (250 words) 10%
Laboratory Work Laboratory Reports x 2 (750 words each) 30%
Test Three (3) Topic Tests 60%
Students are required to obtain a cumulative mark of 50% for this unit. 80% attendance is required for the practicum component (hurdle requirement).

Required reading

Human Anatomy & Physiology 10th ed.
Marieb, E.N., & Hoehn, K.N., (2015)
Pearson.

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