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Unit description

Provides students with a basic understanding of the fundamental structure, processes and mechanisms that serve and control the various structures and functions of the body. It should be noted that, although introductory, this unit in Anatomy and Physiology is comprehensive in scope. Areas treated in detail include both relatively simple mechanisms on chemical, cellular and tissue levels, as well as more complex interactions between whole organ systems. The major areas of systemic studies include integumentary and musculoskeletal systems; the endocrine and nervous systems; cardiovascular and immune systems; respiratory, digestive and urinary systems; and reproduction.

Unit content

  1. Levels of organization: Introduction to the human body, and overview of the chemical, cellular and tissue levels of organization.
  2. Support and movement: Basic anatomical structure and physiological function of bones, joints, muscles and the integumentary system.
  3. Regulation, integration and control: Basic structure and function of endocrine and nervous systems and their role in homeostasis.
  4. Fluids and transport: Basic structure and function of the cardiovascular, lymphatic and immune systems.
  5. Energy, maintenance and environmental exchange: Basic Structure and function of the respiratory, digestive and urinary systems. Basics of metabolism, nutrition and fluid, electrolyte and acid-base balance.  
  6. Human Development, and continuity of life: Basic structure and function of the reproductive system, and an introduction to development. 

Tutorials and laboratory classes are major components of this unit. Tutorials are designed to complement and enhance your understanding of the online lessons on the Blackboard site. The laboratory classes will give an insight into how knowledge and experimental results are obtained. We strongly encourage students to attend face-to-face tutorial and practical classes on a weekly basis

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.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1describe the introductory concepts related to the structure (anatomy) and function (physiology) of cells, integumentary and musculoskeletal systems
2interpret laboratory data and apply introductory anatomy and physiology concepts to scientific findings
3define basic anatomy and physiological mechanism(s) linked to the normal functioning of the digestive, immune, cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, reproductive body systems and to human development
4communicate knowledge of human anatomy and physiology as appropriate to the health care profession

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. describe the introductory concepts related to the structure (anatomy) and function (physiology) of cells, integumentary and musculoskeletal systems
  2. interpret laboratory data and apply introductory anatomy and physiology concepts to scientific findings
  3. define basic anatomy and physiological mechanism(s) linked to the normal functioning of the digestive, immune, cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, reproductive body systems and to human development
  4. communicate knowledge of human anatomy and physiology as appropriate to the health care profession

Prescribed texts

  • Betts, J Gordon, DeSaix, Peter, 2013, Anatomy and Physiology, 2013, OpenStax. ISBN: 978-1-938168-13-0.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Tutorial 2 hrs (Weekly)
Laboratory 2 hrs (Weekly)
Assessment
Quiz40%
In-class laboratory report40%
Short written response20%

Teaching method
Tutorial 2 hrs (Weekly)
Laboratory 2 hrs (Weekly)
Assessment
Quiz40%
In-class laboratory report40%
Short written response20%

Teaching method
Tutorial 2 hrs (Weekly)
Laboratory 2 hrs (Weekly)
Assessment
Quiz40%
In-class laboratory report40%
Short written response20%
Notice

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every teaching period. 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 teaching period.

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