Unit description

Considers prior knowledge of the human body and further develops and extends this at the cellular, tissue, organ, and systems level. Such an approach will allow for understanding and integration of the structure and function at the various levels and their interdependency. This understanding will serve to integrate structure, function and physiology and its application to studies in health and human sciences.

Unit content

  • Concept of homeostasis and cellular and tissue physiology
  • Musculo-skeletal system
  • The Nervous System
  • The Immune system 
  • The Sensory Organs 
  • The Cardiovascular System,
  • The Lymphatic system
  • The Endocrine System 
  • The Respiratory System 
  • The Digestive System 
  • The Urinary System 
  • The Male and Female Reproductive Systems

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • Marieb, E & Hoehn K, 2014, Human Anatomy and Physiology , 9th edn, Benjamin Cummings, San Francisco.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture online 3 hrs (12 weeks)
Tutorial online 1 hr (12 weeks)
4 Quizzes40%
Exam: closed book60%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


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