Dermal Sciences 1

Unit code: HBD2102 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
City Campus
City Queen
Online Real Time
HBD1201 - Introduction to Dermal Sciences (applicable for HBDS students ONLY)
OR 96 credit points of first year (applicable for HBDS students only)
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


The unit introduces students to theoretical aspects of anatomy and physiology relevant to the practice of dermal therapy. The unit provides important underpinning knowledge that students will require in their practical applications throughout the degree program. Topics include; introduction to anatomical terminology; introduction to cell and tissue biology; the musculoskeletal system and circulatory system with emphasis on craniofacial anatomy and physiology of these systems; introduction to endocrine system biology with emphasis on homeostasis and feedback mechanisms relevant to dermal science.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Conceptualise the basic structure and function of cells, relevant to dermal sciences;
  2. Explain the most common tissue types encountered when discussing the skin, and be able to explain how the structure of these tissue types relate to their primary functions.
  3. Determine the structure and function of the musculoskeletal system with an emphasis on craniofacial musculature and osteology, using correct anatomical terminology;
  4. Conceptualise and discuss the regulatory role of the endocrine system in terms of homeostatic feedback mechanisms with an emphasis on the role of hormones in regulating the integumentary system.
  5. Discuss the general structure and function of the circulatory system, craniofacial vasculature and microvasculature of the skin, using correct anatomical terminology;


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Test
Grade: 20%
Three (3) Online tests (30mins each duration)
Assessment type: Assignment
Grade: 40%
Essay (900 words)
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 40%
Group presentation (groups of 5 students, 20mins total duration)

Required reading

Principles of anatomy and physiology
Tortora, G.J., & Derrickson, B. (2018)| Hoboken, NJ: Wiley and Sons.

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