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HBS109 - Human Structure and Function

Unit details


2017 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), CBD*, Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool, Cloud (online)

Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne)

Trimester 3: Cloud (online)

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Trimester 1: Craig Wright

Trimester 2: Daniel Belavy

Trimester 3: Simon Feros

Campus contact:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne) - Anne Turner





Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Campus: 3 x 1 hour classes per week (students must elect to attend classes on campus or access a live video stream); 4 x 2 hour practical classes per trimester; Self-directed learning activities delivered online.

Cloud (online): 30 x 1 hour classes (recordings provided) and 4 x 1 hour online workshop


*CBD refers to Institute of Koorie Education – Community Based Delivery


This interdisciplinary unit provides an overview of the basic sciences of human anatomy and physiology, exploring issues of relevance to the health sciences. Specific topics to be addressed will include: organisation of the human body, outlining anatomical terms, chemical and structural bases of cell function, body tissues including integument, homeostasis and physiological control via neural and hormonal mechanisms that maintain a constant internal environment. Support and movement through an understanding of the musculo-skeletal system, and maintenance of key systems, including cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary and immune systems.


Assessment task 1: 4 x Practical content quizzes (online) 40%

Assessment task 2: 3 x Class content quizzes (online) 20%

Assessment task 3: End of trimester examination (2 hours) 40%

Recommended texts

Anatomy and Physiology by OpenStax College
This text can be downloaded for free in various formats, check the website for details.

Elaine N Marieb. Essentials of Human Anatomy & Physiology, 11th  Edition, Pearson Education

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