Not offered in 2017

Unit description

Examines normal physiological function at the cellular level, endocrine system and nervous system physiology, and homeostatic control pathways. Develops essential key understandings of the basic control mechanisms of normal body function that will then be applied to understanding the physiological functions of the various body systems studied in Human Physiology II.

Unit content

This is the first of two Human Physiology units which must be studied sequentially.  This unit covers:

  1. Introduction and Cell Structure
  2. Chemistry- atoms, molecules, biomolecules
  3. Protein Interactions/ Solutions
  4. Functional Compartments/ Protein Synthesis
  5. Energy and Cellular Metabolism
  6. Membrane Dynamics
  7. Communication and Signal Pathways
  8. Endocrine System Physiology
  9. Nervous System Physiology
  10. Synaptic Transmission
  11. Central Nervous System/Peripheral Nervous System- Efferent Pathways
  12. Sensory Physiology

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

Teaching and assessment


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

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2017 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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