Course Title: Recognise healthy body systems in a health care context

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2016

Course Code: NURS5241C

Course Title: Recognise healthy body systems in a health care context

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5282 - Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Biotechnology)

Course Contact: Amberlee Mitton

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 8053

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Catherine McLennan

+61 3 9925 4723

Nominal Hours: 70

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit of competency describes the basic knowledge of anatomy and physiology required to recognise body systems and their components and to identify and refer alterations associated with the
functioning of the human body in the context of health care work

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTAP301B Recognise healthy body systems in a health care context


1. Apply knowledge of the basic structure of the healthy human body

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Correctly use and interpret health terminology that describes the normal structure, function and location of the major body systems.
1.2 Correctly use and interpret information that relates to the interrelationships between major components of each system and other structures



2. Apply basic knowledge of factors that support healthy functioning of the body

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Review factors that contribute to maintenance of a healthy body.
2.2 Evaluate how the relationships between different body systems affect and support healthy functioning.
2.3 Enhance quality of work activities by using and sharing information about healthy functioning of the body.


Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities include:
Class discussion
online activities
Laboratory experiments
Record keeping of experiments
Research activities
Preparing and delivering an oral presentation

Teaching Schedule

WeekDateTopicActivitySelf Directed
18/2Overview worksheet
215/2Lymphatic/Immune SystemTutorial
Vaccination Debate in class
Complete "Study


322/2Digestive systemPractical
Effect on Cardiovascular and Respiratory Link to exercise
Complete "Study


429/2Urinary SystemPractical
Kidney Dissection
Complete "Study


57/3Nervous System (1)Practical
Brain Dissection
Complete "Study




No Class
Online assessment 5% (Content includes material from week 1-4 only)
This assessment will be available from Wednesday 16th March till Wednesday 23rd March
721/3Mid semester break / Easter /Revision
84/4Mid semester exam
911/4Nervous System (2)
The senses
Sensory Responses
The eye dissection
Complete "Study
1018/4Endocrine SystemNo classHomeostasis report
Submitted by 29/4.
1125/4Muscular-skeletal systemPractical
Human Skeleton Models
Muscles Histology
Complete "Study
Case Studies topics allocated.
122/5Integumentary/Reproductive SystemsNo classComplete "Study
Work on Case Studies


139/5No online lecturesCase Studies PresentationsRevision
1416/5No online lecturesCase Studies PresentationsRevision
1523/5Online assessment 5% (Content includes material from week 5-12 only)
This assessment will be available from Monday 23rd May till Friday 27th May
1630/5End of semester 1 Exams (includes weeks 5-12)

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


• Marieb, EN 2012, Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology, Benjamin/Cummings
• Tortora, GJ & Derrickson, B 2014, Introduction to the Human Body The essentials of Anatomy and Physiology, Wiley
• Jenkins, GW, Kemnitz, CP & Tortora, GJ 2012, Anatomy and Physiology from Science to Life, John Wiley & Sons. Inc.
• Vander's Human Physiology The mechanism of Body Function 13th Ed
• Marieb, EN and Hoehn, K, Human Anatomy and Physiology, 2010
• Chiras Daniel Human Biology Jones and Bartlett (Pub), 2010

Other Resources

myRMIT / Blackboard (online lecture notes)
RMIT library: (musculoskeletal) (general website) (general website)

Overview of Assessment

Assessment may include tests, presentations, written reportsand group work

Assessment Tasks


Assessment Task 1: Practical Activities
There are a total of 5 practical activities that require attendance in order to achieve a pass for assessment task 1.
Valua: Combined activities10% of the overall grade

Assessment Task 2:  Week 6 & 16
Two online Quizzes
Timely completion of all online quizzes including the practice quiz in week 1 are mandatory.
Valua: Combined quizzes 10 % of the overall grade.

Assessment Task 3:  Week 8
Exam 1
The examination will consist of multiple choice questions and extended questions.
Exam topics expected to include: Digestive, cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary, immune and lymphatic systems.
Valua: 20% of the Course’s overall grade

Assessment Task 4: week 11
Homeostasis Written Report
Each student will demonstrate their understanding of homeostasis(balance) and disease (imbalance) using an example from the endocrine system.
Value: 10% of the Course’s overall grade.

Assessment Task 5: Week 13&14
Case Studies
Students must attend these classes. Students will work in groups of two to analyse a health issue facing a variety of Australian communities. Groups will then work together to produce a poster about the health issue. These posters will be marked against a set of criteria by the teacher and by peers. The peer mark will be worth 50% of the mark and the teacher mark will be worth 50% of the mark.
Value: 20% of the Course’s overall grade

Assessment Task 6: week 17
Exam 2. The examination will consist of multiple choice questions and short answer questions.
Exam topics expected to include: Muscular-skeletal, Nervous, Endocrine, Homeostasis, Reproductive and Integumentary Systems.
Valua: 30% of the Course’s overall grade.

Assessment Matrix

Assessment                             Dates                                                     Marks %
Exam 1 (wks 1-4)                    Mid semester                                             20%
Exam 2 (wks 5-12)                    Final                                                           30%
Practicals                               Ongoing                                                     10%
Online quiz (2)                       14/3,27/5                                                    10%
Homeostasis Report              29/4                                                            10%
Case Study                            23/5                                                             20%

Other Information

This course is graded in accordance with competency-based assessment, but which also utilise graded assessment
CHD Competent with High Distinction (80 – 100%)
CDI Competent with Distinction (60 – 79%)
CC Competent with Credit (50 – 59%)
CAG Competency Achieved – Graded (0 – 49%)
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit for assessment

• To pass the course you need to pass, on average, each type of assessment (exams, pracs, and assignments etc.) For example, if there are two exams you need to have an average of 50% to pass and you also need to have passed the other assessment types. You can’t make up marks from one type of assessment to another (e.g. pass the exams but fail the prac component).

• Late work that is submitted without an application for an extension (see below) will not be corrected.

• APPLICATION FOR EXTENSION OF TIME FOR SUBMISSION OF ASSESSABLE WORK - A student may apply for an extension of up to 7 days from the original due date. They must lodge the application form (available online at least 24 hours before the due date. The application is lodged with the School Admin Office on Level 6, Bdg 51. Students requiring longer extensions must apply for SPECIAL CONSIDERATION.

• For missed assessments such as examsor parcatical activities- you (& your doctor if you are sick) must fill out a special consideration form. This form must be lodged online with supporting evidence prior to, or within, 48 hours of the scheduled time of examination

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