BMA1011 - Foundations of anatomy and physiology for health practice 1 - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Biomedical Sciences

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Sharon Flecknoe


Amanda Davies

Unit guides



  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)


  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)


Must be enrolled in one of the following courses:

M2002, M20021, M20022, M20023, M20024




This unit is the first of two units designed to educate health science students about the anatomical structures and physiological functions of the systems of the human body that underpin the regulatory mechanisms for homeostatic control. Students will be introduced to the principles of cell biology, tissue types and their origins together with their importance in maintaining the homeostasis of the various body systems. The key anatomical features of the integumentary and musculoskeletal systems will be examined as well as their role in the control of homeostasis. The central and peripheral nervous system will be addressed in the context of its physiological characteristics and with special attention to the anatomical features of the spinal cord and brain. Students will be introduced to the various functions of the brain in the context of homeostasis and control, together with the special senses. Throughout the unit, clinical connections will be made with the systems addressed so that students will understand the relevance of the topics included in the unit to the health and human science disciplines.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Explain the levels of structural organisation within the human body and apply the concept of homeostasis.
  2. Describe the cellular and tissue organisation of the body and explain their importance in relation to the integumentary system.
  3. Identify the structural components of the musculoskeletal system and explain how it protects, supports and moves the body.
  4. Describe the major anatomical divisions of the central and peripheral nervous systems and relate the sensory, integrative and responsive functions to homeostatic imbalances.
  5. Describe the key anatomical areas of the brain, the structural organisation and list the associated functions.
  6. Explain the main structural components of the special sense organs, their functions and the clinical relevance of dysfunctions in these organs and associated neural pathways.


  • Pre-learning assessment (10%)
  • Group poster (1,000 words) plus presentation (10%)
  • iSAP case (Clinical action plan: 1,000 words and comparative report: 500 words) (20%)
  • Anatomy flag race (20%)
  • End of semester exam (MCQ and short/extended answer questions) (2 hours) (40%) (Hurdle)

Hurdle requirement:

80% attendance at tutorials, workshops and practicals and completion (80%) of online pre-class activities.

Workload requirements

5 - 6 contact hours per week (lectures, tutorials, workshops and practicals),

5 - 6 hours private study per week.

Students will be expected to complete online pre and post work in a case based learning setting that will be followed up in face-to-face classes.

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