Course Title: Human Structure and Function 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Human Structure and Function 1

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


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 2015


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Michelle Rank

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7665

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.02.035

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This is the first of two courses designed to provide "foundation" knowledge in anatomy and physiology deemed necessary for discipline-specific courses in Medical Radiations (BP148), Health & Physical Education (BP041), Exercise and Sport Science (BP296) an Laboratory Medicine (BP147).
In broad terms the course covers:

  • Anatomical terminology and the organization of the human body
  • Structure and function of the Skeletal System (including joints)
  • Structure and function of the Skeletal Muscular System
  • Structure and function of the Peripheral Nervous System
  • Introduction to the structure and function of cells and tissues

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

The student should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the structure, function, and interdependence of the systems studied and a basic understanding of cell and tissue structure and function. This course prepares the student for further study of anatomy and physiology as presented in a second semester course as well as later year discipline-specific courses.
This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcome for the Bachelor of Applied Science in Medical Radiations (BP148):

  • Understanding anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology as visualized in medical images

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcome for the Bachelor of Applied Science in Health and Physical Education (BP041):

  • Development of content knowledge and how to teach it

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcome for the Bachelor of Applied Science in Exercise and Sport Science (BP296):

  • Apply knowledge of the underlying principles and concepts of Exercise and Sport Science

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

  1. Accurately apply anatomical terminology in discussing movement and the location of the structures studied during the semester.
  2. Identify all of the major bones of the skeleton as well as selected landmarks and their functions as for example, muscle/ligament attachments.
  3. Classify the major joints of the body, enumerate the movements allowed and identify specific supporting structures.
  4. Identify all of the major skeletal muscles of the body, and state their general attachments, actions and innervations.
  5. Explain the different modes of muscular contraction and describe the sliding filament theory of muscular contraction.
  6. Identify the major peripheral nerves of the body and state their muscular innervations.
  7. Be able to use the knowledge gained as a foundation for the study of courses in second and further years, such as medical imaging, exercise physiology, kinesiology, pathology and/or other relevant discipline-specific areas.

Overview of Learning Activities

Though the primary method of presentation will be lectures, you will be involved in active learning in practical sessions in the anatomy laboratory with "hands on" experience using a variety of media (models, wet specimens, plastinated specimens) with help provided by teaching staff.

Much of the learning in the anatomy component of this course will take place in "Self-directed learning" mode during which you will work in the anatomy laboratory and/or anatomy museum to consolidate the material covered each week in staff-guided practical sessions.

Online quizzes  will be provided to allow self-testing and gauge progress.

Online materials associated with the prescribed text will also be available for clarification and self-testing.

Their will be 5 hours per week allocated to formal face-to-face study (lectures and practical settings).In addition, there will be optional “open” laboratory sessions available (SDS: self-directed-study) for revision. The estimated mean hourly study load for this subject beyond the assigned lectures and lab sessions is ~5 hours per week (including at least 1 hour of SDS laboratory work).

Overview of Learning Resources

You will have access to:

  • an anatomy laboratory for study of preserved human materials, plastinated specimens and  models for formal sessions and self-directed study periods.
  • an anatomy museum  providing access to human specimens and models for private study with extensive access (generally daily).
  • text book available through the campus bookshop.
  • lectures will recorded and made available on RMIT's online Learning Management System (LMS)

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1:  Laboratory Practical Test

Weighting 15%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 2

Assessment Task 2: Midsemester Theory Test

Weighting 20%

This assessment tasks support CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4

Assessment Task 3: Laboratory Practical Test

Weighting 15%

This assessment task supports CLO 4, 5 & 6

Assessment Tasks 4 & 5: Final Theory and Practical Tests 

Weighting 50% (25% each)

These assessment task support CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7