Course Title: Biomedical and Physical Sciences 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Biomedical and Physical Sciences 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 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2018


Sale Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2009


Hamilton Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009

Course Coordinator: Dr Douglas Jackson

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7622

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.02.034A-1

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course will introduce you to the bioscience knowledge which will underpin your learning in nursing practice. You will learn the gross anatomy and applied physiology of the human body and develop an understanding of microbiology principles. You will learn specialist terms and language associated with the study of anatomy, physiology and microbiology. The course will

  • provide the bioscience knowledge to support and rationalise the scientific context of nursing practice
  • introduce the notion of physiological homeostasis 

The knowledge, skills and their application introduced in this course will be extended in BIOL1215 Biomedical and Physical Sciences 2. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course will contribute to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BP032 Bachelor of Nursing in accordance with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia Registered Nurse Standards for Practice:

Standard 1: Thinks critically and analyses nursing practice

Standard 4: Comprehensively conducts assessments

Standard 6: Provides safe, appropriate and responsive quality nursing practice

Standard 7: Evaluates outcomes to inform nursing practice

(Reference Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. (2016) Registered nurse standards for practice. Melbourne, Australia)

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

  1. Conceptualise the organisation of the human body from the cellular level to the individual body systems.
  2. Identify and explain scientific terminology used in reference to discussion of the human body.
  3. Relate bioscience knowledge to support and rationalise the scientific context for nursing practice.
  4. Explain the concept of physiological homeostasis. 

Overview of Learning Activities

This course will use a range of learning activities including lectures, practicals, discussions and self-directed learning. Throughout the course you will be able to work both independently and in groups to aid development of your theoretical knowledge and its application to clinical practice.

Lectures: Lectures are the principal mode of information delivery and will present you with the key concepts and information relevant to the understanding of biomedical and physical sciences as they relate to nursing practice. You will be expected to participate in classroom discussions and to contribute to the learning experiences of your student colleagues.

Practicals: Practical sessions will support your understanding of, and familiarity with, the anatomy and physiology associated with the topics covered in the lectures.

Self-Directed Learning: You are expected to undertake self-directed learning activities to develop and consolidate knowledge throughout this learning experience. The activities associated with this course are designed to enable you to better develop independent learning skills to support your commitment to lifelong learning as a nursing professional and a university graduate. The self-directed learning activities will support your knowledge of the material covered in the formal learning program and enhance the consolidation and application of that knowledge.

You will undertake the equivalent of 60 hours of lectures (face-to-face and/or flexible delivery) and practicals over the semester. In addition, you can expect to spend a minimum of 5 hours per week in independent study. 

Learning activities may include modalities such as lectures, podcasts, Lectopia, Wikis, and discussion board forums. Lecture material may be delivered using a variety of flexible learning modes.

Overview of Learning Resources

Lectures and on-line material: The lectures and reading material provided are intended to be supported by the prescribed text. However, they do not substitute for wider reading but provide an opportunity to focus on specific details, complex areas and life examples.

Prescribed text: This will form the major suggested reading resource for this course. Advice will be provided on which sections are relevant for each topic. Advice will also be given about additional and/or alternate reading resources.

A library subject guide is available at


Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Early Assessment Task:  First intra-semester test

Weighting 5%

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

Assessment Task 2:  Intra-semester tests

Weighting 15%

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

Assessment Task 3: Written practical assessments

Weighting 10%

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

Assessment 4: End of semester practical test

Weighting 20% 

This assessment supports 1, 2, 3 & 4

Assessment 5: End of semester exam

Weighting 50% 

This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4