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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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
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 Knowledge of a discipline
2 describe the major functions of the physiological systems in the human body Knowledge of a discipline
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. Knowledge of a discipline

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

  1. explain the relationship between human body structure and function
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. describe the major functions of the physiological systems in the human body
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  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: Knowledge of a discipline

Prescribed texts

  • Value Pack includes Textbook - Human Physiology: An Integrated Approach, Pearson New International Edition + Mastering A&P access + Interactive Physiology 10-System Suite CD: Silverthorn DU, 2014, Human Physiology: An Integrated Approach, 6th edn, Pearson Education, Australia. ISBN: ISBN-10: 1486024203 ISBN-13: 9781486024209.

  • Value Pack includes Textbook – Human Physiology – An integrated approach. Pearson NI edition + Mastering A & P access + Interactive Physiology 10-System Suite CD: Silverthorn DU, 2014, Human Physiology – An integrated approach, 6th edn, Pearson Education, Australia. ISBN: ISBN 10: 1486024203 ISBN-13: 9781486024209.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.