The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2018

Course handbook


Introduces to the student the basic components of biological systems and provides a background knowledge of human physiology and anatomy in relation to environmental and occupational health. Topics include animal cell structure, micro-organisms and basic biochemistry, major body systems, defense mechanisms and reproduction.

Availability2018 Course Timetables

PSB Singapore

  • Trimester 2 - 2018 (Singapore)

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Describe the ultra-structure of cells and outline the functions of major organelles;

2. Describe, using examples, the organisation of cells into tissues, organs and organisms;

3. Explain with examples homeostasis;

4. Outline the processes of cell respiration;

5. Describe the structures and functions of major systems in the human body concerned with intake of materials and information; transport and distribution of materials; nervous and hormonal communication; movement; breakdown and metabolism of materials; excretion, body defence and reproduction.


The course covers the fundamentals of the anatomy, physiology and biochemistry of the human body as they relate to environmental and occupational health. Major topics are:

  • Cell structure and function and cellular organisation into tissues, organs and organisms
  • Viruses, bacteria and fungi
  • Homeostasis
  • Cellular respiration
  • Human respiratory system and breathing
  • Blood, lymph, the cardiovascular system and transport in the body
  • Endocrine and nervous systems and communication
  • Skeleto-muscular systems and movement
  • Digestion and metabolism
  • Excretion
  • Immunity and body defence
  • Reproduction


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Environmental & Occupational Health & Safety program.

Assessment items

Presentation: Group Presentation

In Term Test: Class Test - Progress Test

Formal Examination: Final Examination

Contact hours

PSB Singapore

Integrated Learning Session

Face to Face On Campus 40 hour(s) per Term Full Term

Contact hours are not regular or on a weekly basis, since delivery will take place on some week-ends and evenings, ie, there will be some intensive block teaching. Total face to face contact will be 40 hours.