Introduction to Dermal Sciences

Unit code: HBD1201 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
City Campus


This unit introduces students to the basic principles of anatomy and biology for dermal science. It encompasses knowledge regarding the musculoskeletal and nervous systems in a context relevant to face and body treatments, and introduces students to the functions, structure and thermoregulatory role of the integumentary system. The skin and its appendages are reviewed with regards to structure and function.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Review the structure of the epidermis, dermis and hypodermis relevant to the practice of facial and body treatments;
  2. Discuss the functions of the skin including the role that it plays in thermoregulation and assess the requirements for a healthy integumentary system;
  3. Investigate the types, structure and function of the various glands and nerves of the skin;
  4. Determine the location and function of the skeletal and muscular structures of the body;
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of skin, human anatomy and construction of scientific knowledge; and
  6. Participate in an academic community through reflective and critical engagement and understanding of principles of academic integrity.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Test
Grade: 20%
Two (2) Online Quizzes
Assessment type: Project
Grade: 40%
Group Activity (design a poster or portfolio)
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 40%
Group Presentation
Assessment type: Other
Grade: 0%
Evidence of completion of the Academic Integrity Modules (Hurdle)

Required reading

Readings and reference materials will be available on the VU Collaborate space for this unit.

Principles of Anatomy and Physiology
Tortora, G. (2018)| Wiley

As part of a course

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