Available in 2022
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.



  • Semester 1 - 2022


  • Semester 1 - 2022

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.


  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).

Assessment items

In Term Test: Mid-Semester Exam 1

In Term Test: Mid-Semester exam 2

Formal Examination: Final examination *

Online Learning Activity: Homework - Online

* 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.

Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah


Online 3 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

Includes in term assessment


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

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