Course Title: Recognise healthy body systems

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2017

Course Code: HWSS6065C

Course Title: Recognise healthy body systems

School: 174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5362 - Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Pathology Testing)

Course Contact: Amber Mitton

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 8053

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Catherine McLennan
Office: 51.7.05
Tel: +61 3 9925 4079

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 describes the skills and knowledge required to work with basic information about the human body and to recognise and promote ways to maintain healthy functioning of the body.

This unit applies to any worker who needs to use and interpret information that includes references to client anatomy and physiology.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems


1. Work with information about the 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 body system and other structures


2. Recognise and promote ways to 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

The planned learning activities of this course aimed at developing content knowledge and learning skills include:

Online lectures only
 Accessing online material, lecture notes provided on the Learning Hub. The lecture notes will be provided online in the preceding week.

Practical and tutorial classes

Participating in classroom activities and completing the associated tasks, as per time line.
 Participating in and reporting on laboratory practicals
 Preparing answers to class exercises
Practical and tutorial classes run each week on Mondays for 2 hrs.

Assessment Tasks

Online tests written examinations, practical reports,assignments and oral presentations.


Participating in group discussions Preparing and delivering an oral presentation
 Using technology to support all learning activities

Teaching Schedule

Week 1 3/7


Overview Homeostasis,
Lymphatic/Immune System

Vaccination Debate in class

Week 2 10/7


Cardiovascular System

Heart Dissection
Week 3 17/7


Respiratory System

Blood Pressure and Heart Rate
Pluck Demonstration
Week 4 24/7


Digestive system

Effect on Cardiovascular and Respiratory Link to exercise
Week 5 31/7


Urinary System

Kidney Dissection
Week 6 7/8


Endocrine System

"Maintaining the balance"
Tutorial Homeostasis report
Submitted by 1/10.
Week 7 14/8

No Lecture


Revision Tutorial class

Week 8 21/8

Exam worth 30% includes week's1-5 only

28/8 Vacation

Week 9 4/9


Nervous System (1)

Brain Dissection

Week10 11/9


Nervous System(2)
(The senses)

Sensory Responses
Week 11 18/9


Muscular-skeletal system
Human Skeleton Models
Muscles Histology

Week 12 25/9


Integumentary/Reproductive Systems

Tutorial class Complete "Study
Work on Homeostasis& Case Studies

Week 13 2/10

No online lectures Case Studies Presentations Revision
Week 14 9/10

No online lectures Case Studies Presentations Revision
Week 15 16/10

No online lectures Revision Tutorial
Week 16 23/10

End of semester 1 Exams (includes weeks 7-12)nline assessment 5% (Content includes material from week 7-12 only)


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

There is no prescribed textbook for this course.
Recomended Reading..
• 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

Powerpoint presentations for each lecture topic are available at MyRMIT
myRMIT / Blackboard
RMIT library: (musculoskeletal) (general website) (general website)


Overview of Assessment

In-class practical activities

online quizzes

written tests

practical report

Group assignment and poster

Assessment Tasks



Exam 1  -30%, week 8
Exam 2  -30%, week 16
Online quizzes (2)  -10% 7/8 & 16/10

Practicals & Tutorials

Ongoing -10%. Total of 7 practical activities that require attendance


Homeostasis Report- 10%, due 1/10
Group Case Study(poster & oral presentation)-10%, in class weeks 13 & 14, submission due  9/10  



Assessment Matrix

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 (70 – 79%)
CC Competent with Credit (60 – 69%)
CAG Competency Achieved – Graded (50 – 59%)
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)
  • A minimum of 80% attendance at practical classes is required to pass this course. If you are sick you should submit a medical certificate to 6th floor office addressed to the Program Coordinator. If you miss a practical class that is a prac report write up you need to provide a medical certificate (or other evidence) and arrange an alternative report with your teacher
  • 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 exams- 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


Plagiarism is the presentation of the work, idea or creation of another person as though it is your own. It is a form of cheating and is a very serious academic offence that may lead to expulsion from the University. Plagiarised material can be drawn from, and presented in, written, graphic and visual form, including electronic data and oral presentation. Plagiarism occurs when the origin of the material used is not appropriately cited. It also occurs through enabling plagiarism, which is the act of assisting or allowing another person to plagiarise or to copy your own work. Please make sure you consider this carefully in completing all your work and assessments in this course and if you are unsure about whether you might have plagiarised, seek help from your teacher. 


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