Course Title: Human Biology 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Human Biology 2

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018

Course Coordinator: Rauha Quazi

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 4277

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 051.07.005

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

BIOL2419 Human Biology 1

Course Description

This course is designed to provide a deeper understanding of anatomy and physiology of the human body. This requires a familiarity with the basic knowledge of human anatomy and physiology that has been introduced in Human Biology 1.

In this course students will learn (i) how various body systems interact with one another and  (ii) how they contribute to the overall physiological functions of the human 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.

Laboratory sessions include: anatomical studies using dissection of animal specimens and the study of physiological concepts using physiologic experiments that provide a better understanding of integrated functions of the human body.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for Associate Degree in Health Sciences:

  1. Access up to date discipline information/knowledge and ensure that decisions and actions are informed by a critical assessment of information
  2. Communicate effectively in a range of forms (written, oral) and with diverse audiences and cultural groups (community, clients and health professionals)
  3. 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. Use appropriate terminology to effectively communicate information related to Anatomy and Physiology.
  2. Describe the physiological principles of homeostasis and the components of feedback systems.
  3. Recognise anatomical structures and explain physiological functions of human body systems.
  4. Explain the interrelationships within physiological systems of the human body.
  5. Analyse and interpret information and use resources related to Anatomy and Physiology.

Overview of Learning Activities

In this course you will learn through the following activities:

  • Laboratory exercises: to deepen your understanding through practical experience
  • Face to face teaching: to obtain an understanding of concepts of human 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. The laboratory work allows you to develop skills in understanding of the concepts of anatomy and physiology.
  • 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 online 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


Assessment tasks


Early assessment task: On-line quiz

Weighting 5%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 and 2


Assessment Task 2.:  Theory Examination

Weighting 35%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 3, 4 and 5

Assessment Task 3:  Practical assessments

Weighting 35%

This assessment task supports CLOs 3, 4 and 5

Assessment Task 4: Tutorial Activities (Portfolio/Worksheets/Self-directed tasks)

Weighting 25%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 and 5