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,
Sem 1 2023

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

You will be actively engaged in a range of learning activities such as lectorials, tutorials, practicals, laboratories, seminars, project work, class discussion, individual and group activities. Delivery may be face to face, online or a mix of both.

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.