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HSC1062 - Mind and body

12 points, SCA Band 2, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Mr Tom Jeavons and Ms Tsharni Zazryn


Peninsula Second semester 2007 (Day)


Synopsis: This unit examines the biological and population bases of health and disease. It provides a foundation for a holistic approach to optimising health both at individual and population levels. A broad multi-disciplinary approach is taken, encompassing the biological, genetic, environmental and social influences on health. Functional anatomy and physiology of body systems throughout the lifespan are studied together with discussions of how population health data is obtained, who is at risk of ill-health, and the determinants and influences on human health and disease.


By the completion of this unit, it is expected that the student will be able to: Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of population health and its evidence base; Demonstrate skills in the presentation and critical evaluation of population health data; Explain the key sources of population health data, strategies of measurement including strengths and weaknesses; Demonstrate an understanding of the structure and function of the various body systems and factors that influence physical, physiological, cognitive, social, and affective development in humans; Explain the biological basis for mind-body interactions in health and disease; and integrate knowledge of human anatomy, physiology and genetics with that of population health to assess current public health issues.


Online Quizzes (4): 20%
Case Report and Presentation (Small Group Assignment): 30%
Examination: 50%
Hurdle requirements: students are required to attend 80% of tutorials.

Contact hours

7 hours contact time (lectures - 4 hrs; small group tutorials - 3 hrs) and 15 hours private study per week.