The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


HUBS1416 provides students with a background of core concepts in pharmacology, microbiology, immunology, neurophysiology and genetics.

Integral to this course is an understanding of homeostasis, the complementarity of anatomy and physiology, and the interrelationships between body organ systems. Relevant clinical examples are introduced and discussed where possible around the National Health Priority areas of Cardiovascular Health, Diabetes, Asthma, Obesity, Cancer Control, Mental Health, Arthritis & Musculoskeletal conditions and Injury Prevention and Control.

Knowledge, comprehension and application of these core concepts is essential for understanding both physiological and pathophysiological processes in the patient which students will encounter in future studies and career.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2020


  • Semester 2 - 2020

Port Macquarie Nth Coast Inst

  • Semester 2 - 2020

Manning Base Hospital

  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. The general principles of pharmacology including pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics

2. The basic pharmacology of the autonomic nervous system and its clinical applications

3. The mechanism of action of some major drug classes such as analgesics, cancer chemotherapeutic agents and antimicrobials

4. The characteristics and pathogenicity of some major microbes of clinical importance

5. The clinical manifestations and treatment of the diseases caused by these microbes

6. The epidemiology of infectious disease, and infection control and prevention methods

7. The basic components and functions of the arms of the immune response

8. The basis of the protection provided by vaccination, and its importance in disease prevention in populations

9. The results of abnormal immune function, including hypersensitivity, autoimmunity and immune deficiency

10. The effects of stress and ageing on the immune response

11. The structural and functional characteristics of the major divisions of the nervous system

12. The structural and functional characteristics of neurones and the basis of neuronal signalling

13. The spinal and cranial nerves

14. The role of the structures which protect the central nervous system: cerebrospinal fluid, the ventricular system and the meninges

15. The function of the autonomic nervous system

16. The major regions of the brain and their broad functions

17. The basis of human inheritance and genetic variation

18. The use of pedigrees and punnet squares to predict inheritance patterns

19. The basis of genetic disorders in man, and procedures and issues involved in genetic testing


This course develops some of the basic bioscientific principles underpinning nursing and midwifery practice that were introduced in HUBS1406 and also introduces some new areas of study. The nervous and immune systems are covered at a more advanced level in this course, and the principles of pharmacology and microbiology introduced, along with their vital applications to healthcare. Inheritance and genetic variation and the patterns of inheritance of disease in particular are also included in this course. All content is delivered with emphasis on the application of scientific principles to the practice of health care.

Assumed knowledge

HUBS1406 Human Bioscience for Nursing and Midwifery

Assessment items

In Term Test: Online tests

Formal Examination: Formal Examination *

* 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, Ourimbah, Manning Base Hospital and Port Macquarie Nth Coast Inst


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


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 11 Weeks