Available in 2021
Course code



10 units



Course handbook


This course will introduce students to key principles and topics in biochemistry, physiology, psychology and cognitive science. It will form the basis for subsequent study in a range of health and allied health science disciplines, but is also relevant to students wishing to improve their understanding of science in general. Topics include biochemistry, metabolism and nutrition, physiology, pathology, psychology and cognitive development.

The course is particularly valuable to students intending to study Science (chemistry/biochemistry, molecular biology, psychology), Biomedical Science, Food Science and Human Nutrition, Medical Radiation Science, Nursing and Midwifery, Nutrition and Dietetics, Occupational Therapy, Oral Health, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Psychology or Speech Pathology.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2021


  • Semester 1 - 2021

Learning outcomes

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

1. An understanding of key concepts in biochemistry, physiology, psychology and cognitive science.

2. An ability to understand and use scientific terminology.

3. The application of critical thinking to address science-based problems.

4. The ability to synthesise information and key concepts to address an issue.


This course will cover:

  1. Biochemistry: atoms; elements; bonding; chemical reactions; biomolecules (including DNA and genetics).
  2. Cells, tissues, organs and human body systems (digestive, immune, nervous and endocrine) including associated pathology.
  3. Metabolism and nutrition.
  4. Cognitive development and the psychological basis of behaviour.
  5. Mental health.


To enrol in this course you must be active in the Newstep program or the Yapug Program. If you have successfully completed or are enrolled in EPSCIE120 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assessment items

Quiz: On-line Quizzes

Report: Experimental Report

Report: Literature Report

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case Study

Formal Examination: Formal Examination

Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks


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

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