Course Title: Mechanisms of Body Function

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Mechanisms of Body Function

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 2 2019

Course Coordinator: Dr Kevin Chuang

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6660

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.02.043

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required prior study (Pre-requisites)



Course Description

This course will expand upon previous studies in BIOL2480 Introductory Human Biosciences and develop your understanding of musculoskeletal anatomy, muscle function, and cardiorespiratory physiology. It will further contribute to the foundational knowledge required for program-specific application of anatomical and physiological information.

Topics covered will include:

  • Bone structure and the skeletal system
  • Joint classifications and functions
  • Gross anatomy of major muscle groups
  • Physiology of skeletal muscle contraction
  • Cardiovascular function and haemodynamics
  • Mechanisms of ventilation, respiration and gas exchange

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 (PLO1.1)

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

  • Apply knowledge of the underlying principles and concepts of Exercise and Sport Science (PLO1)
  • Review, analyse and interpret information and independently generate conclusions (PLO3)

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

  1. Identify the major bones and bony landmarks of the axial and appendicular skeleton.
  2. Classify the major joints of the body and the types of movement they permit.
  3. Identify major skeletal muscles, their general attachments, and the movements they produce.
  4. Explain the physiological basis of muscle contraction.
  5. Describe how the heart and blood vessels work together to regulate cardiac output and blood pressure.
  6. Explain the mechanisms that regulate gas exchange and transport.

Overview of Learning Activities

This Course will use a range of learning activities including lectures, workshop/practical sessions, online resources and self-directed learning.

Teacher Guided Hours: 48

Learner Directed Hours: 60

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
  • Lecture notes and supplementary materials
  • Access to an anatomy facility for study of preserved human materials, plastinated specimens and models

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: Writing Assignment

Weighting 10%

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

Assessment Task 3: End of semester Practical Exam

Weighting 20%

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

Assessment Task 4: End of semester exam

Weighting 50%

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