Course Title: Introduction to Human Biosciences

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Human Biosciences

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2021

Course Coordinator: Dr Tracy Denning & Dr Tamara Paravicni

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7677 / +61 3 9925 7674

Course Coordinator Email: /

Course Coordinator Location: 201.02.036 / 201.02.040

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:

MC215 Masters in Medical Physics

  • PLO 6: Communication and research skills to interpret Medical Physics issues and justify decisions for specialist and non-specialist audiences.
  • PLO 7: Technical and research skills to evaluate developments in diagnostic and therapeutic technology.
  • PLO 8: Demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills with creativity and initiative to new situations in professional practice in fields related to Medical and Health Physics.
  • PLO 9: Demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills with a high level of personal autonomy and accountability.

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.

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 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