Unit description

Provides students with the essential facts of human development from conception to birth. The unit develops an understanding of both normal and abnormal embryological development and is taught with clinical examples of relevance to the student. The study of histology is taught in order to provide an appreciation of the cellular basis of physiology and pathology. Emphasis is placed on the relationship between structure and function.

Unit content


Topic 1: Blood cells
Topic 2: Connective tissue
Topic 3: Epithelial tissue
Topic 4: Muscle
Topic 5: Nervous tissue
Topic 6: Skeletal tissue
Topic 7: Respiratory system
Topic 8: Circulatory system
Topic 9: Digestive system
Topic 10: Skin 


Topic 11: Fertilisation and early development
Topic 12: Bilaminar and trilaminar disc
Topic 13: Embryonic and foetal periods
Topic 14: Musculoskeletal systems
Topic 15: Central nervous system
Topic 16: Body cavities
Topic 17: Respiratory system
Topic 18: Cardiovascular system
Topic 19: Digestive system
Topic 20: Urogential system
Topic 21: Pharyngeal apparatus

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 2

  • Moore, KL & Persaud, TVN, 2015, Before We Are Born, 9th edn, Saunders. ISBN: 9780323313377.
  • Young, B, O'Dowd, G, & Woodford, P, 2014, Wheater’s Functional Histology, 6th edn, Elsevier. ISBN: 9780702047473.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours/week (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours/week (12 weeks)
Exam: closed book50%


Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours/week (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hour/ week (12 weeks)
Exam: closed book50%

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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Commencing 2016 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

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