Human Bioscience

Course code HUBS1401Units 10Level 1000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy

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.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
OurimbahSemester 1
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004
Objectives1. 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 needs.
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.
ContentThe 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
Replacing Course(s)Not applicable
TransitionNot applicable
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Examination: ClassMid semester assessment held during semester
Examination: FormalEnd of semester examination.
Students must achieve a passing grade in the formal examination and must gain a passing grade overall to be able to obtain a passing or higher grade in this course.
Contact HoursTutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 11 weeks
Lecture: for 3 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for HUBS1401