Course Title: Human Physiology 1 - Body Systems

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Human Physiology 1 - Body Systems

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

BIOL2043

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

160H Medical Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016

BIOL2043

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

173H School of Health and Biomed

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2017

BIOL2371

City Campus

Undergraduate

160H Medical Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2015

BIOL2371

City Campus

Undergraduate

173H School of Health and Biomed

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Paul Bertrand

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7898

Course Coordinator Email: paul.bertrand@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 223.2A.004


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

BIOL2273 Principles of Human Biology (or course with equivalent content) is a required study pre-requisite. Students who have not successfully completed the prerequisite must withdraw, or will be withdrawn if they incorrectly enrol in this course.


Course Description

The course is designed to assist you to learn, understand and apply fundamental concepts and principles of neurophysiology, respiratory, cardiovascular and muscle physiology and the ability to apply these in novel situations. The course will encourage you to consider how they are dependent on each other, and develop the ability to apply this understanding in novel situations. This course will provide a sound basis in human physiology to support further study in health and medical sciences or related fields.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for the following programs:

Pharmaceutical Sciences (BP311):

  • Exhibiting depth and breadth of scientific knowledge (PLO1)

Biomedical Science (BP231)

  • Scientific knowledge (PLO 2)

Chinese Medicine (BP278), Osteopathy (BP279) and Chiropractic (BP280)

  • In Complementary Medicine this course contributes to your ability to gather clinical information to make accurate differential diagnosis, assessment and management plans to carry out effective evidence based treatment (PLO 1)

Biomedical Engineering (Hons) (BH069)

  • Knowledge and skill base (PLO 1)

Pharmacy (BH102)

  • Apply pharmaceutical, medication and health knowledge and skills to improve patient and population health (PLO 7)

 


On completion of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of neurophysiology, respiratory, cardiovascular and muscle physiology
  2. Identify how changes in normal physiology lead to disease
  3. Perform physiological tests that examine the function of various components of a body system


Overview of Learning Activities

This course is presented in four modules, each of three weeks duration, and will use a range of learning activities including lectures, practical sessions, online resources and self-directed learning. Throughout the course you will work both individually and in groups to solve problems involving aspects of physiology covered in the course.

Lectures are the principal mode of information delivery and will present you with the key concepts and theories relevant to the understanding of neurophysiology, respiratory, cardiovascular and muscle physiology

Practical sessions will support your understanding of, and familiarity with, the physiology associated with the particular topics covered in the lectures.

Self-directed learning will enable you to better develop independent learning and support the material covered in the practical sessions.

 

You will undertake the equivalent of 11 hours of lectures and practicals for each 3 week module. In addition, you can expect to spend a minimum of 5 hours per week in independent study.


Overview of Learning Resources

 

Lectures and on-line material: The lectures and reading material provided are intended to be supported by the prescribed text. However, they do not substitute for wider reading but provide an opportunity to focus on specific details, complex areas and life examples.

Prescribed text: This will form the major suggested reading resource for this course. Advice will be provided on which sections are relevant for each topic. Advice will also be given about additional and/or alternate reading resources.


Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks:

Early Assessment Task:  Online tests

Weighting 10%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 2

Assessment Task 2:  In-class test

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 2

Assessment Task 3: Laboratory exercises

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3

Assessment 4: End of semester exam

Weighting 50% 

This assessment supports CLOs 1 & 2