Available in 2021
Course code



20 units



Course handbook


This course will introduce students to basic mathematics, biochemistry, anatomy and physiology of the human body relevant to studies in the health sciences. Through the use of case studies and practical examples, these concepts will be applied to a clinical setting.

Topics will cover a range of processes essential to life, clinical methods of measurement and diagnosis, major body systems and control mechanisms. The relationships between anatomy (structure), physiology (functioning) and biochemistry (molecular interactions) of the human body will be explored. This course is particularly valuable to students wishing to study nursing or midwifery.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2021


  • Semester 2 - 2021

Learning outcomes

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

1. Use their knowledge, skills and understanding of key scientific concepts and biochemical, anatomical and physiological concepts to explain health conditions relevant to nursing.

2. Make accurate measurements and calculations relevant to a nursing context.

3. Conduct research relevant to understanding the science behind clinical investigations.

4. Work effectively, both individually and in groups, to solve problems.


  1. Homeostasis.
  2. The cellular basis of life.
  3. Levels of cellular organisation.
  4. Introduction to biological chemistry "atoms, molecules, biological compounds, bonding, chemical reactions".
  5. Mathematics - "measurement, SI units, rate and ratios".
  6. Concentration, osmosis and diffusion.
  7. Digestive System.
  8. Urinary System.
  9. Skeletal System
  10. Cardiovascular System.
  11. Organic Chemistry - biological roles and drug action.
  12. Medical Radiation.
  13. Respiratory System.
  14. Nervous System and regulation of body function.
  15. Endocrine System.
  16. Immune System.
  17. Microorganisms, disease and infection control.


You cannot enrol in this course if you have successfully completed or are enrolled in EPCHEM137, EPBIOL259, EPCHEM314, EPHLTH170, or EPHLTH270.

Assessment items

Quiz: Online Quizzes

Presentation: Medical Conditions Group Presentation

In Term Test: Mid-semester Class Test

Written Assignment: Research Assignment

Formal Examination: Final Examination

Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Term Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 4 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks


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


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.