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Foundations of Anatomy and Physiology (10298.2)

Level: Level 1 - Undergraduate Introductory Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:

Band 2 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020) Band 2 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021) Band 3 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)

Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline: Discipline of Sport and Exercise Science


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This unit will provide a theoretical overview of the human body. This unit will introduce the student to gross anatomy and will provide familiarity of anatomical and physiological terminology. Unit material will include cellular structure, structure of bone, muscle and connective tissue. This unit will also introduce the student to the physiological foundations and relevant anatomical structures of the human body systems, including: gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary, endocrine, immune, integumentary, nervous system and reproductive systems. Furthermore the interactions between these systems will be highlighted and explored to provide a comprehensive understanding of homeostatic control.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Appropriately utilise anatomical and physiological terms;

2. Recognise and describe the function of the following body systems: cells, connective tissue, bone tissue, muscle tissue, nervous, gastrointestinal, immune, cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary, endocrine, integumentary, and reproductive systems;

3. Identify the cells, tissues and organs involved in the body systems presented within this unit; and

4. Integrate their knowledge of the anatomical and physiological systems presented throughout the unit to: a) provide a thorough understanding of homeostatic control and b) be able to demonstrate the overlapping nature and complexity of the human body.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

2 hour lecture and 2 hour practical/tutorial per week.





Assumed Knowledge


Incompatible Units

Students who have passed 9808 Regional Anatomy and Physiology AND/OR 6529 Systemic Anatomy and Physiology may not undertake this unit.

Equivalent Units

Anatomy and Physiology for Nurses, 9042.

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