Course Title: Introduction to Human Biosciences

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Human Biosciences

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Course guide info and changes due to COVID-19: As a consequence of courses being delivered remotely in Semester 2 2020, course guides may not reflect all courses assessments and activities. This is because some information in the course guide is fixed, such as learning outcomes, and some may change according to the semester of delivery. Please refer to Canvas for details regarding your assessment and activities for each of your Semester 2 courses and talk to your course coordinator if you have any questions.


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2019,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 2 2020

Course Coordinator: Dr Jeremy Keens & Dr Narin Osman

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7308 / +61 3 9925 6686

Course Coordinator Email: /

Course Coordinator Location: 201.02.037 / 201.02.043

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course you will be introduced to key concepts in anatomy and physiology, including anatomical terminology, structural organisation, homeostasis and control systems. It will provide you with the foundational knowledge to undertake further studies in anatomy and physiology topics.

Topics covered will include:

  • Body orientation and basic anatomical terminology
  • Structure and function of the major tissue types (epithelial, connective, bone, muscle)
  • Body support and movement
  • Communication and homeostatic control (introduction to the nervous and endocrine systems)
  • Body defences (immune system)
  • Transport of materials through the body (heart, blood, lungs)
  • Digestion and waste disposal
  • Reproduction, growth and development

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the development of the following Program Learning Outcome/s

Bachelor of Engineering (Biomedical Engineering) (Honours) (BH069):

  • Comprehensive, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the engineering discipline (PLO 1.1)

Bachelor of Biomedical Science (BP231):

  • Exhibit depth and breadth of scientific knowledge (PLO 2)
  • Demonstrate accountability for their own learning and scientific work (PLO 5)

Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Chinese Medicine) (BP278), Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Chiropractic) (BP280):

  • Gather clinical information to make accurate differential diagnosis, assessment and management plans to carry out effective evidence based treatment (PLO 2)
  • Communicate effectively in a range of forms (written, online, oral) and with diverse audiences (patients, community/public, agencies and health professionals) (PLO 5)

Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Osteopathy) (BP279):

  • Provide patient-centred care as a competent, safe primary healthcare professional (PLO 1)
  • Gather and interpret health information, and employ clinical reasoning to develop differential diagnoses, to inform assessment and management (PLO 3)
  • Effectively communicate with a wide audience (i.e. patients, carers, healthcare professionals and agencies), with respect and sensitivity to socio-cultural diversity, using a variety of media (PLO 4)
  • Manage all aspects of clinical practice to comply with ethical, legal, and regulatory standards in an evolving healthcare industry (PLO 5)
  • Work autonomously and collaboratively, to lead and/or contribute to inter-professional healthcare partnerships (PLO 6)  

Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sport Science) (BP296):

  • Apply knowledge of the underlying principles and concepts of Exercise and Sport Science (PLO 1)
  • Review, analyse and interpret information and independently generate conclusions (PLO 3)

Bachelor of Applied Science (Health and Physical Education) (BP041):

  • Development of content knowledge and how to teach it (PLO 2)

Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Laboratory Medicine) (BP147):

  • Understand appropriate and relevant, theoretical concepts of scientific knowledge with the ability to use and apply the knowledge in a wide range of problem solving, challenging and interpretative situations within the professional laboratory medicine discipline (PLO 1)

Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Radiations) (BP321RT, BP321NM, BP321MI): In accordance with the Professional capabilities for medical radiation practice developed by the Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia (MRPBA professional capabilities):

  • Apply an understanding of anatomy, physiology and pathology that is appropriate to your division of registration (PLO 5.1)

Bachelor of Nursing (BP032) In accordance with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia Registered Nurse Standards for Practice:

  • Thinks critically and analyses nursing practice (PLO 1)

Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences (BP311):

  • Exhibiting depth and breadth of scientific knowledge (PLO 1)

Upon successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Apply specialist terms and language associated with anatomy and physiology to describe the human body;
  2. Identify the key characteristics of the major tissue types;
  3. Evaluate the role of bones, joints and muscles in supporting and moving the body;
  4. Relate the concept of homeostasis to the control systems of the body;
  5. Characterise how substances are absorbed by, transported around, and eliminated from the body;
  6. Identify the major components in the body’s defence systems

Overview of Learning Activities

Course materials will be delivered predominantly online supported with face-to-face workshops/tutorials.

Teacher Guided Hours: 10

Learner Directed Hours: 98

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources in this course include:

  • Online learning activities
  • Recommended readings from textbooks, online sources, and designated references
  • Workshop/tutorial activities

Online resources will be made available via the RMIT Learning Management System (LMS).

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Online tests

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6

Assessment Task 2: Workshop/tutorial learning activities

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6

Assessment Task 3: End of semester exam

Weighting 50%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6