Course Title: Human Biology 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Human Biology 1

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018

Course Coordinator: Rauha Quazi

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4277

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 051.07.005

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course introduces you to the basic concepts of human biology. You will acquire the knowledge necessary to understand the structural and functional organisation of the human body.

Key topics include: Organisation of the human body, structure and functions of cells and tissues, cellular transport, basic metabolic processes, process of cell division related to growth and reproduction, human inheritance and an overview of the major body systems. 

Laboratory sessions include:  Anatomical and physiological lab activities that provide a better understanding of the biological principles of the human body.

The information covered in this course provides the knowledge essential for Human Biology 2.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Over the duration of the program you will develop the ability to:

1. access up to date discipline information/knowledge and ensure that decisions and actions are informed by a critical assessment
   of information.

3. recognise and apply relevant technologies in health to perform work tasks.

4. communicate effectively in a range of forms (written, oral) and with diverse audiences and cultural groups (community, clients
    and health professionals).

5. manage and develop your own work and lead and manage others within a health or community context.

7. apply the knowledge and skills of your study stream in community or health care settings. 

On completion of this course you should be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the basic biological principles related to human body.

2. Use appropriate terminology to effectively communicate information related to Anatomy and Physiology.

3. Explain the structure and functions of organs and organ systems of the human body.

4. Work cooperatively with others in lab activities related to human biology

Overview of Learning Activities

In this course you will learn through the following activities:

  • Face to face teaching: to obtain an understanding of basic biological concepts that are required to enhance further education and a career in the field of health science.
  • Personal reading (e.g. prescribed sections of textbooks and relevant articles): to reinforce/strengthen your understanding of the principles and applications of human biology.
  • Simulation, virtual lab, videos: to understand the key biological concepts of human biology.
  • Laboratory exercises to deepen your understanding through practical experience.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will need to access this course on CANVAS (the RMIT online student learning system) 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 subject guide at

Overview of Assessment

☒ This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment tasks include

Early Assessment Task:  On-line quiz
Weighting 5% 
This assessment task supports CLO (Course Learning Outcome)  1

Assessment Task 2:  Mid-semester exam (Theory)
Weighting 40%
This assessment task supports CLOs  1 & 2

Assessment Task 3 Theory examination:
Weighting 40%
This assessment task supports CLOs  2 & 3

Assessment 4: Practical
Weighting 15% 
This assessment supports CLO  4