Human Physiology

    Unit code: RBM1174 | Study level: Undergraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    Footscray Park


    The 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.

    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.


    For Melbourne campuses

    Assessment type: Exercise
    Grade: 10%
    Team Worksheets x 3
    Assessment type: Laboratory Work
    Grade: 30%
    Laboratory Reports x 4
    Assessment type: Test
    Grade: 30%
    Topic Tests x 3
    Assessment type: Presentation
    Grade: 30%
    Individual Video & Infographic Presentation

    Required reading

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

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