HBS109 - Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology


2021 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), CBD*, Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Warrnambool, Cloud (online)
Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Trimester 3: Cloud (online)

Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Campus contact:

Trimester 1
Burwood (Melbourne): Daniel Belavy
Waurn Ponds (Geelong): Craig Wright

Trimester 2
Burwood (Melbourne): Craig Wright





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Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

Trimester 1 and Trimester 2 only:

1 x 2 hour online classes per week (Weeks 1-3 only)
1 x 1 hour seminar per week
4 x 2 hour practical classes per trimester
1 x online module per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud (online)

Trimester 1 and Trimester 3 only:

1 x 2 hour online classes per week (Weeks 1-3 only)
1 x 1 hour weekly online seminar (every Friday)
4 x 2 hour online practicals per trimester (Weeks 3, 6, 8, 10)
1 x online module per week


*CBD refers to the National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute; 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.

Recommended texts

Anatomy and Physiology by OpenStax College http://cnx.org/content/col11496/latest/ 

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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