Course Title: Principles of Human Biology

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Principles of Human Biology

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017


City Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


City Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Jeremy Keens

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7308

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.02.037

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

There are no pre requisite requirements associated with your enrolment in this course.

Course Description


This course aims to introduce you to some of the underlying principles required for subsequent study in anatomy and physiology courses. Concepts will be introduced and used to develop a basic understanding of human anatomy and physiology to be taken to further depth later.

Areas covered include:

o   Tissues

o   Flow and communication

o   Immunity

o   Digestive system

o   Musculoskeletal system

o   Genetics and Growth and development

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


This course contributes to the development of the following Program Learning Outcome/s:


Biomedical Science (BP231)

  • Scientific knowledge (PLO2)


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 2)


Biomedical Engineering (Hons) (BH069)

  • Knowledge and skill base (PLO 1)

Upon successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Describe the principles of the anatomy and physiology of major body systems
  2. Explain the principle of homeostatic control
  3. Understand and demonstrate basic cellular communication
  4. Describe and explain the cellular processes of life
  5. Correctly apply the terminology of anatomy and physiology
  6. Identify basic anatomical and physiological structures and processes.

Overview of Learning Activities

The course will be delivered through a combination of:

  • lectures
  • laboratory sessions in anatomy and physiology
  • online material
  • tutorials.

The learning resources listed below are designed to support your learning. However, you need to actively participate in the learning activities to maximise your learning. These include:

Practical classes – in both anatomy and physiology, to integrate hands-on, practical learning

Discussion Board – provided for you to discuss issues, concerns and to share your learning experiences as you progress through the course. This facility can be used for student-to-student interactions at any time, and will be used by staff to offer answers to general questions.

Tutorials – which allow for discussion of areas that are more complex, and for directing the course to meet the needs of specific programs.

There are 36 hours of lecture, 10 hours of tutorial and 8-10 hours of practical in this course

Overview of Learning Resources

Lecture and on-line material

The lectures and reading material are intended to support and accompany recommended texts. They do not substitute for wider reading but provide an opportunity to focus on specific details, complex areas and life examples.

The course site through myRMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.


Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment task 1: Online quizzes x 3

Weighting 15% (5% each)

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6

Assessment Task 2: Practical Reports x 5

Weighting 15%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6

Assessment Task 3: Poster assignment

Weighting 20%

Assessment Task 4: End of semester exam

Weighting 50%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6