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

Course Coordinator: Dr Douglas Jackson

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7622

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.02.034A-1

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:

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.

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. Explain how bones, joints and muscles work together to support and move the body
  4. Describe how control systems maintain homeostasis
  5. Explain how substances are absorbed by, transported around, and eliminated from the body
  6. Describe the major developmental stages in the human lifecycle
  7. 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: 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

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 & 7

Assessment Task 2: Workshop/tutorial learning activities

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7

Assessment Task 3: End of semester exam

Weighting 50%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7