Unit description

Focuses on the underlying concepts of science and quantitative literacy essential for success in health studies. Students explore the nature of science as it relates to allied health and solve a range of health related problems using foundational scientific and quantitative concepts. Learning skills specific for the health sciences are developed.

Unit content

Topic 1: The nature of science and inquiry

  • Observations, inferences and evidence
  • Methods of science
  • Communicating in science

Topic 2: Human physiology

  • The cell
  • Hierarchy of body structure
  • Examples of body function

Topic 3: Human anatomy

  • Language of anatomy
  • Introduction to the musculoskeletal system
  • Examples of functional anatomy

Topic 4: The physics of human movement

  • Introduction to concepts in biomechanics

Topic 5: Quantitative reasoning and problem solving

  • Graphs and statistics
  • Formulas and equations

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

  • Zeegers, P, Deller-Evans, K, Egege, S & Klinger, K, 2011, Essential skills for science and technology, revised edn, Oxford University Press, Australia.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Discussion board30%
Structured Problem solving tasks30%
Case study40%


Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Structured online learning 2 hours (12 weeks)
Discussion board30%
Structured Problem solving tasks30%
Case study40%

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


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Commencing 2015 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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