Available in 2018

Course handbook


Provides a comprehensive introduction to aspects of human anatomy, physiology, biochemistry and evolution. Covers the concepts of food and its assimilation, the transition from cells to tissues to organs, the control of homeostasis through the nervous and endocrine systems, movement, and an introduction to genetics.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2018


  • Semester 1 - 2018

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. Biological Molecules and their digestion, absorption and assimilation.
  3. Cell Structure and Functions.
  4. Inheritance and variability.
  5. Slow Control Systems (Endocrine).
  6. Fast Control Systems (Nervous system).
  7. Motion (Muscle).

Assessment items

Quiz: Online quizzes x 5

In Term Test: Mid-semester exam

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


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


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 13 Weeks

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