Advanced Human Bioscience

Course code HUBS1416Units 10Level 1000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy

HUBS1416 provides students with a background of core concepts in pharmacology, microbiology, immunology, neurophysiology and genetics.
Integral to this course is an understanding of homeostasis, the complementarity of anatomy and physiology, and the interrelationships between body organ systems. Relevant clinical examples are introduced and discussed where possible around the National Health Priority areas of Cardiovascular Health, Diabetes, Asthma, Obesity, Cancer Control, Mental Health, Arthritis & Musculoskeletal conditions and Injury Prevention and Control.

Knowledge, comprehension and application of these core concepts is essential for understanding both physiological and pathophysiological processes in the patient which students will encounter in future studies and career.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
OurimbahSemester 2
Port Macquarie Nth Coast InstSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn completion of this course, students should have a basic knowledge and understanding of:

1. The general principles of pharmacology including pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics
2. The basic pharmacology of the autonomic nervous system and its clinical applications
3. The mechanism of action of some major drug classes such as analgesics, cancer chemotherapeutic agents and antimicrobials.
4. The characteristics and pathogenicity of some major microbes of clinical importance
5. The clinical manifestations and treatment of the diseases caused by these microbes
6. The epidemiology of infectious disease, and infection control and prevention methods.
7. The basic components and functions of the arms of the immune response
8. The basis of the protection provided by vaccination, and its importance in disease prevention in populations
9. The results of abnormal immune function, including hypersensitivity, autoimmunity and immune deficiency
10. The effects of stress and ageing on the immune response
11. The structural and functional characteristics of the major divisions of the nervous system.
12. The structural and functional characteristics of neurones and the basis of neuronal signalling
13. The spinal and cranial nerves
14. The role of the structures which protect the central nervous system: cerebrospinal fluid, the ventricular system and the meninges
15. The function of the autonomic nervous system
16. The major regions of the brain and their broad functions.
17. The basis of human inheritance and genetic variation
18. The use of pedigrees and punnet squares to predict inheritance patterns
19. The basis of genetic disorders in man, and procedures and issues involved in genetic testing
ContentThis course develops some of the basic bioscientific principles underpinning nursing and midwifery practice that were introduced in HUBS1406 and also introduces some new areas of study. The nervous and immune systems are covered at a more advanced level in this course, and the principles of pharmacology and microbiology introduced, along with their vital applications to healthcare. Inheritance and genetic variation and the patterns of inheritance of disease in particular are also included in this course. All content is delivered with emphasis on the application of scientific principles to the practice of health care.
Replacing Course(s)Not applicable
TransitionNot applicable
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeHUBS1401 Human Biosciences or HUBS1406 Human Bioscience for Nursing & Midwifery
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Examination: FormalEnd of semester examination
Course Learning Objectives; 1-19

Compulsory Course Component: Students must achieve a passing grade in the formal written examination and must gain a passing grade overall to be able to obtain a passing or higher grade in this course. On achieving a passing grade, a final mark will be given in the course and it will be recorded that the student has satisfied the compulsory course component. Students who do not achieve a passing grade in the formal exam, but who have achieved a satisfactory performance in their online assessments will be offered the opportunity to sit a supplementary examination. This exam will be held in the university special examination period. Students who are required to complete a supplementary assessment and pass this assessment and therefore the course, will receive a maximum mark of 50. Students who fail to satisfy the compulsory course component will be awarded a zero mark and a FF grade, irrespective of their final numeric mark.
Quiz - On-lineMinitests during semester
Course Learning Objectives; 1-19
Contact HoursSelf Directed Learning: for 7 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 11 weeks
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 11 weeks
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Course ComponentIn order to demonstrate that they have fulfilled the course learning objectives students must:
1. satisfactorily pass formal examination for the course to be able to pass the course overall.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for HUBS1416