Human Physiology

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


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.

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 (250 words)
Assessment type: Laboratory Work
Grade: 30%
Laboratory Reports x 4 (750 words each)
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

As part of a course

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