Human Physiology 1

Unit code: RBM1518 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park
St Albans


The unit introduces students to the organisation and function of the human body. Characteristics of the major tissues and organs are covered, including the integumentary, musculoskeletal, nervous, endocrine and immune systems. The importance of homeostasis and the role of the neuro-endocrine system in maintaining equilibrium within the body are emphasised as ongoing concepts.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe the fundamental structure, functions and interactions of the musculoskeletal, nervous, endocrine, immune and integumentary systems in the human body;
  2. Explain how the body systems act and interact to maintain a constant internal environment (homeostasis);
  3. Demonstrate requisite skills in experimental techniques, recording and critical analysis of data and report writing.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Exercise
Grade: 15%
In-class quizzes (lab)
Assessment type: Laboratory Work
Grade: 25%
Two lab reports (750 words each)
Assessment type: Test
Grade: 45%
Three (3) Topic Tests
Assessment type: Exercise
Grade: 15%
Guided inquiry worksheets (3x5% each)

Required reading

RECOMMENDED TEXTS: Sherwood, L. (2015) Human Physiology: From cells to systems (9th ed.) Boston, MA: Cengage Learning.

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