Human Bioscience


This course provides an integrated introduction to the anatomy (structure), physiology (functioning) and biochemistry (molecular interactions) of the human body.

Core concepts are:

- the principles of homeostasis and the significance of a breakdown in homeostasis as a threat to health

- the organisation of the human body from atoms to organism

- the processes that are critical to the maintenance of life and the processes that help defend threats to life

- the complementarity of anatomy and physiology, and interrelationships between body organ systems.

In addressing these concepts the course covers the cell, cell cycle and basic cellular chemistry; atomic structure; molecules of life; protein synthesis; water, acids, bases and pH balance.

The course introduces the 4 primary tissue types and the 11 body systems - integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, renal and reproductive systems. The course also presents an introduction to immunity, infectious microbiological agents, genetics and human evolution.



  • Semester 1 - 2016


  • Semester 1 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

1. To develop strategies for self-learning over a life-time

2. To develop critical reasoning skills, particularly in relation to the application of knowledge in the human biosciences area.

3. To understand the structure (anatomy) functioning (physiology) and the molecular interactions (biochemistry) of the human body.

4. To understand the structure and functions of the basic unit of life - the cell

5. To be able to identify the processes that are critical to the maintenance of life.

6. To understand molecular mechanisms underlying life processes

7. To comprehend the organisation of the body from atoms, molecules, cells, tissues, organs, organ systems to the organism.

8. To understand the principle of homeostasis in the context of a healthy functioning human body.

9. To understand how homeostasis is achieved in terms of feedback control of bodily function

10. To appreciate the significance of a breakdown in homeostasis as a threat to the survival of an organism

11. To understand the need for information to be relayed from one part of the body to another and the mechanisms by which it is achieved.

12. To understand how the body takes in, modifies and utilises substances for its need

13. To understand how substances are delivered to and removed from the tissues

14. To understand how movement is generated and how it contributes to the survival of an organism

15. To understand the importance of removal of waste products from the body and understand the mechanisms by which this is achieved

16. Be able to describe the processes that bring humans into being, the processes that help defend threats to life and the processes that lead to decline of life

17. To describe the principles of evolution and human development.


The course covers the fundamentals of the anatomy, physiology and biochemistry of the human body. The content is organised under the following themes:

  1. Cellular structure & function
  2. Organisation of cells,tissues & organs
  3. Life processes & homeostasis
  4. Basic biochemistry
  5. Assimilation & excretion
  6. Information transfer
  7. Movement
  8. Reproduction, heredity and evolution
  9. Immunity & repair processes

Review of Progress

This course is a compulsory program requirement for students in the following program(s):

In addition to meeting the University's overall requirements for academic progression, students enrolled in these program(s) must satisfactorily complete this course in order to progress in their program.

Assessment Items

In Term Test: Online tests (x2)

In Term Test: Mid-semester exam

Formal Examination: Final exam

Contact Hours

Ourimbah and Callaghan


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 11 Weeks

Mid semester examination will be scheduled during the week.