Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


Provides a comprehensive introduction to aspects of human anatomy, physiology, biochemistry and evolution. Covers the concepts of molecules and their behaviour within cells, the transition from cells to tissues to organs, the control of homeostasis through the nervous and endocrine systems, movement, an introduction to genetics and drugs and their modes of action.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2021


  • Semester 1 - 2021

Learning outcomes

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

1. To develop strategies for independent learning.

2. To develop critical reasoning skills, particularly in relation to the application of knowledge in the human biosciences.

3. To understand the structure (Anatomy), function (Physiology) and the molecular interactions (Biochemistry) of the human body.

4. To understand the structure and functions of the cell.

5. To understand the organisation levels of the body from cells, tissues, organs, systems and organism.

6. To understand the principle of homeostasis in the context of a healthy functioning human body.

7. To understand how homeostasis is achieved in terms of feedback control of bodily function.

8. To understand drugs, how they work, and how they are handled by the body systems.


  1. Introduction to biomedical science.
  2. Structure and function of biologically important molecules.
  3. Cell structure and functions.
  4. Tissue level of organisation.
  5. Inheritance and variability.
  6. Slow control systems (Endocrine).
  7. Fast control systems (Nervous system).
  8. Motion (Muscle).
  9. Drugs and their actions.

Assessment items

Quiz: Online quizzes x 5

In Term Test: Mid-semester exam

Formal Examination: Final examination

Online Learning Activity: Homework - Online

Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks


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

Tutorials may be replaced or supplemented by 1hr Workshops-Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS)