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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Introductory

Unit aim

Examines normal physiological mechanisms of the human body including basic cellular functions, the nervous and endocrine systems, muscle contraction, circulation, respiration, renal system and body fluid and electrolytes homeostasis, digestion and absorption, metabolism, reproduction, and defence mechanisms. Develops essential foundational concepts for further studies in health and human sciences.

Unit content

  • Observation, collection, recording and explanation of physiological data
  • Scientific foundation for understanding body function
  • Concept of homeostasis
  • Cellular physiology
  • Endocrine system function
  • Neural signalling
  • Central nervous system function
  • Sensory physiology
  • Peripheral nervous system function
  • Muscle Physiology
  • Cardiovascular physiology
  • Respiratory physiology
  • Renal function
  • Immune system function
  • Reproductive physiology

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 explain the relationship between human body structure and function
2 describe the major functions of the physiological systems in the human body
3 identify the mechanisms underlying the normal functions of the human body and the regulation of the body functions in response to changes in the internal and external environment.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. explain the relationship between human body structure and function
    • GA4:
  2. describe the major functions of the physiological systems in the human body
    • GA4:
  3. identify the mechanisms underlying the normal functions of the human body and the regulation of the body functions in response to changes in the internal and external environment.
    • GA4:

Prescribed texts

  • Value Pack includes Textbook Human Physiology - Pearson Global Edition + Interactive Physiology 10-System Suite CD : Silverthorn, DU and Cummings, 2016, Human Physiology: An integrated approach, 7th Global Edition, Pearson Education, Essex, England. ISBN: 9781488689796.

  • Value Pack includes Textbook – Human Physiology – Pearson Global Edition + Interactive Physiology 10-System Suite CD: Silverthorn DU and Cummings, 2016, Human Physiology – An integrated approach, 7th Global edn, Pearson Education, Essex: England. ISBN: ISBN:9781488689796.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.