Course Title: Recognise healthy body systems in a health care context

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: NURS5241C

Course Title: Recognise healthy body systems in a health care context

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C4327 - Certificate IV in Tertiary Preparation

Course Contact: Namrita Kaul

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4309

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Rahel Leivenzon

Nominal Hours: 70

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit of competency describes the basic knowledge of anatomy and physiology required to recognise body systems and their components and to identify and refer alterations associated with the functioning of the human body in the context of health care work.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTAP301B Recognise healthy body systems in a health care context


1. Apply knowledge of the basic structure of the healthy human body.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Use accepted health terminology to describe the normal structure, function and location of the major body systems

1.2 Apply a basic understanding of the fundamental principles of maintaining a healthy body

1.3 Work with knowledge of the major components of each body system and their location in relation to other structures


2. Apply basic knowledge of factors that support healthy functioning of the body

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Work with a basic understanding of how to maintain the whole body in an overall state of health

2.2 Work with a basic understanding of the relationships between body systems required to support healthy functioning

Learning Outcomes


Details of Learning Activities

The planned learning activities of this course are aimed at developing content knowledge and learning skills and include:
 Attending lectures and preparing notes
 Participating in classroom activities and completing the associated tasks
 Participating in and reporting on laboratory practicals
 Preparing answers to class exercises
 Completing required assessment tasks
 Accessing online material provided on the Learning Hub
 Participating in group discussions
 Preparing and delivering an oral presentation
 Using technology to support all learning activities

Teaching Schedule


9/21Overview, Cells, tissues, organs, movement across membranes
16/22Muscoskeletal system
23/23Digestive System
2/34Respiratory System
9/35Cardiovascular System Linking digestive, respiratory and cardiovascular systems practical
16/36Lymphatic system
13/49Urinary System Dissection
20/410Nervous System/Endocrine System
27/411Homeostasis talks
18/514Reproductive System/ Integumentary System
25/515Revision (Group 1) / Case Studies (Group 2)
1/616Case studies (Group 1)/ Revision (Group 2)

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

myRMIT / Blackboard
RMIT library: (cell structure) (musculoskeletal) (general website) (general website)

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is made up of participating in and reporting on an experiment, performing an oral presentation, interpretation of case studies and mid course and end of course examination (which are accompanied by the student’s notes on an A4 sheet)

Assessment Tasks

This course has five assessment tasks which must be completed. An overall mark of 50% is required for a pass in the course. This is a combined mark of 50%, it does not mean that each individual assessment task must be passed.

Assessment Task 1:
Linking digestive, respiratory and cardiovascular systems practical.

This assessment consists of two parts
(i) participation of activity in class which will be given a S or NYS grading
(ii) submission of a formal report. The report is worth 15% of the Course’s overall grade.

Mandatory practical activity in class Mandatory report submission in Level 6 office by 1.30pm.
Group 1 9/3/15 at 8.30am on 17/3/15
Group 2 10/3/15 at 1.30pm on 18/3/15

Assessment Task 2:
1hour examination: An open-book examination.

Exam topics expected to include: cellular, muscoloskeltaal, Digestive, cardiovascular, respiratory, and lymphatic systems.
The exam is worth 25% of the Course’s overall grade

Group 1 the exam is on 30/3/15.
Group 2 the exam is on 31/3/15.

Assessment Task 3: week 11
Homeostasis Oral Presentation
Students will prepare and deliver a 5 minute oral presentation. Each student will receive a unique body function to discuss and will have to demonstrate how the body has homeostatic control of that system. It is expected that the oral presentation will be accompanied by visual aids which must be submitted on the date of the presentation.
Value: 20% of the Course’s overall grade.

Group 1 the presentation will be on the 27/4/15
Group 2 the presentation will be on the 28/4/15

Assessment Task 4:
Case Studies
Students must attend this class. Students will work in groups to analyse a health issue facing a variety of Australian communities. Groups will then work together to produce a poster about the health issue. These posters will be marked against a set of criteria by the teacher and by peers. The peer mark will be worth 50% of the mark and the teacher mark will be worth 50% of the mark. The total value of Assessment 4 is 15%

Group 1 the case studies will be on 1/6/15
Group 2 the case studies will be on 26/5/15

Assessment Task 5: week 17
1hour examination: An open -book examination. You will be allocated 10 minutes reading time plus two hours writing time to complete the examination. The examination will consist of 10 multiple choice questions and five short questions. Each multiple choice question carries one mark and each short question carries 10 marks.

Exam topics expected to include: Nervous, Endocrine, Homeostasis, urinary, reproductive and Integumentary Systems. The exam is worth 25% of the Course’s overall grade.

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

This course is graded in accordance with competency-based assessment, but which also utilises graded assessment
CHD   Competent with High Distinction (80 – 100%)
CDI    Competent with Distinction (60 – 79%)
CC    Competent with Credit (50 – 59%)
CAG  Competency Achieved – Graded (0 – 49%)
NYC  Not Yet Competent
DNS  Did Not Submit for assessment

Assessment Information

  • All assessment types must be passed (exams, prac, and assignments etc.). For example, if there are two tests you need to have an average of 50% to pass. You can’t make up marks from one type of assessment to another (e.g. pass the tests but fail the prac component).
  • APPLICATION FOR EXTENSION OF TIME FOR SUBMISSION OF ASSESSABLE WORK- A student may apply for an extension of up to 7 days from the original due date. They must lodge the application form (available online at least 24 hours before the due date. The application is lodged with the School Admin Office on Level 6, Bdg 51, or emailed to the Coordinator (
  • Late work that is submitted without an application for an extension will not be corrected.
  • Students requiring extensions longer than 7 days must apply for Special Consideration (see the ‘Help me’ link in blackboard, via myRMIT studies or For missed assessments such as exams - you (& your doctor if you are sick) must fill out a special consideration form. This form must be lodged online with supporting evidence (e.g. medical certificate), prior to, or within, 48 hours of the scheduled time of examination.
  • If you miss an assessment task due to unavoidable circumstances, you need to follow the procedure of special consideration and apply within the allowed time frame.

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