Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


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.

HUBS1401 cannot be undertaken in B. Nursing or B. Midwifery as an Elective.

Availability2022 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2022


  • Semester 1 - 2022

Learning outcomes

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

1. Develop strategies for self-learning and critical reasoning

2. Identify and apply the correct terminology in relation to human anatomy and physiology

3. Define the major aspects of biochemistry relating to reactivity and the formation of chemical bonds

4. Identify and explain the levels of biological organisation

5. Explain homeostasis and negative feedback

6. Develop an understanding of the organ systems and how they contribute to life


The 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 and function
  2. Organisation of cells, tissues and organs
  3. Life processes and homeostasis
  4. Basic biochemistry
  5. Assimilation and excretion
  6. Information transfer
  7. Movement
  8. Reproduction, heredity and evolution
  9. Immunity and repair processes

Assessment items

Quiz: Online Test 1

Quiz: Online Test 2

Formal Examination: Final Exam *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Formal Examination: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - 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.

Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah


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


Online 3 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

Includes in semester exams

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.