Course Title: Anatomy and Physiology

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Anatomy and Physiology

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


155T Vocational Health and Sciences


Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


City Campus


174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science


Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Judith McCann

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 8366

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course introduces you to the human body and how it works. The structure and function of specific organs and body systems will be studied. You will also learn the principle of homeostasis in the control of physiological systems of the body. Key topics include: Introduction to the Human body and homeostasis; Integumentary system; Musculo-Skeletal system; Nervous system; Endocrine system; Cardiovascular system; Lymphatic system and Immunity; Respiratory system; Digestive system; Urinary system and fluid balance.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for AD012 Associate Degree in Applied Science:

  1. Knowledge Capability: develop an understanding of appropriate and relevant fundamental and applied scientific knowledge with the ability to use and apply that knowledge in a wide range of situations, including new situations within the professional discipline

               5. Teamwork: contribute in a constructive manner to group and team activities and decision making processes

On completion of this course you should be able to:
1. use appropriate terminology to effectively communicate information related to Anatomy and Physiology.
2. recognise anatomical structures and explain physiological functions of human body systems.
3. demonstrate literacy skills to analyse and interpret information and use resources related to Anatomy and Physiology.
4. use critical thinking and problem solving skills and express ideas through written, oral and visual communication.

Overview of Learning Activities

In this course you will learn through the following activities:
• Laboratory exercises: to give you skills in: observation and scientific method, routine laboratory and dissection techniques, working with others and working cooperatively
• Face to face teaching: to obtain an understanding of basic concepts of anatomy and physiology that are required to enhance further education and careers in this field.
• Personal reading (e.g. prescribed sections of textbooks and relevant articles): to reinforce/strengthen your understanding of principles and applications of anatomy & physiology.
• Virtual labs and videos: to understand the key biological concepts of human anatomy and physiology, and practical applications, and how to apply theory to practice. You are encouraged to watch videos on special topics available in RMIT library. 
• Group work and peer facilitation: to enhance a deep understanding of a range of issues in anatomy and physiology and develop communication and cooperative learning skills.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will need to access this course on Blackboard (myRMIT) on a regular basis to prepare for lectures and tutorials.
You will need to read some sections of recommended textbooks, laboratory instructions, and may be referred to other resources available in the RMIT Library, such as videos and the subject guide at

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment tasks

Early assessment task: On-line quiz 
Weighting 5%
This assessment task supports CLO 1

Assessment Task 2: 2 Written Examinations
Weighting 35% X 2
This assessment task supports CLOs 1 and 2

Assessment Task 3: Group Project
Group Presentation: Weighting 5%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 3 and 4

Assessment Task 4: Practical Activities
Weighting 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs  2 and 4