Course Title: Introduction to Human Biosciences

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Human Biosciences

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:




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,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 1 2023,
Sem 2 2023,
Sem 1 2024

Course Coordinator: Tracy Denning

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7677

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Bundoora West

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 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 

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)

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BP321 Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Radiations) (aligned to the Accreditation Standards of the Medical Radiations Practice Board of Australia):

Standard 1

  • Apply knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology to practice (1.a)
  • Understand and apply the different methods of imaging and treatment (1.c)

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)

On 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. Discuss the key features of the main control systems of the body (nervous and endocrine systems) and the role of these systems in maintaining homeostasis;
  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.

You are encouraged to be proactive and self-directed in your learning, asking questions of your lecturer and/or peers and seeking out information as required, especially from the numerous sources available through the RMIT library, and through links and material specific to this course that is available through myRMIT Studies Course.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through myRMIT Studies Course.

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Online quizzes
Weighting 15%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6

Assessment Task 2: Workshop assignments
Weighting 35%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5

Assessment Task 3: Take home assignment (Modules 1-5)
Weighting 25%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 4

Assessment Task 4: Take home assignment (Modules 6-10)
Weighting 25%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 3, 4, 5 & 6

If you have a long-term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.