Course Title: Human Anatomy and Physiology 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Human Anatomy and Physiology 1

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Please note that this course may have compulsory in-person attendance requirements for some teaching activities. 

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Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course is designed to give you an understanding of how cells and tissues are organised into the organs in the major body systems including the Musculoskeletal, Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Nervous systems. You will learn and apply knowledge about how their physiological functions maintain homeostasis and how the body deals with disturbances in homeostasis.  This course will provide a foundation in anatomy and physiology to support your further study in health and medical sciences. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes
This course contributes to the program learning outcomes for the following programs:  

  • Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences 
  • Bachelor of Biomedical Science 
  • Bachelor of Laboratory Medicine (Honours) 

PLO 1 Apply a breadth and depth of knowledge, concepts and evidence in various real world settings using a scientific approach.
PLO 2 Apply systematic thinking and a range of advanced analytical and technical skills using a blend of digital and traditional methods, tools and technologies to solve complex scientific and medical problems. 

  • Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences 
  • Bachelor of Biomedical Science 

PLO 4 Communicate and collaborate with diverse audiences utilising contemporary and traditional formats employing integrity, inclusivity and culturally safe practices. 

Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:  

1. Apply the correct terminology to identify and describe locations of major organs of systems covered 

2. Explain how the structure of musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory systems enable their key physiological functions 

3. Explore how the body responds to homeostatic imbalances and how this relates to physiological signs and symptoms reported by individuals to their health practitioner  

4. Apply your knowledge to clinical scenarios and laboratory based exercises. 

Overview of Learning Activities

This course is presented in modules and will use a range of learning activities including recorded lectures, practicals, workshop, online resources and self-directed learning. Throughout the course you will work both individually and in groups to solve problems involving aspects of physiology covered in the course. Delivery will be a mix of face to face and online. 

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 Site. 

Overview of Learning Resources

Resources such as prescribed and recommended texts available through the RMIT library eReserve, internet links to relevant information and links to relevant YouTube video will support your understanding of topics. 

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

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: Quizzes 
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The assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 2 

Assessment Task 2: Laboratory/Workshop Reports
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The assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4 

Assessment Task 3: Problem-Based Timed-Assessment 
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The assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3 

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.