BMA1012 - Foundations of anatomy and physiology for health practice 2 - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Biomedical Sciences

Chief examiner(s)

Sharon Flecknoe


Amanda Davies

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)


  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)




Must be enrolled in a Bachelor of Health Science specialisation (course code M20021, M20022, M20023 or M20024)


BMA1902, BMA1912


This unit is the second of the two units designed to familiarise health science students with 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 structure and function of the cardiovascular, circulatory and respiratory systems together with their vital role in maintaining homeostasis. The key features of the lymphatic system and the properties of blood will be discussed. The unit will continue with a look at the importance of the endocrine system and its role in integrating various functions to control homeostasis. Students will be introduced to the key anatomical and physiological features of the urinary and digestive systems and the importance of maintaining pH and fluid balance within the body. Finally, students will be introduced to the reproductive systems, pregnancy and development. 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 interdependence of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems and how they maintain homeostasis.
  2. Discuss the components and functions of blood and the lymphatic system and how they maintain homeostasis.
  3. Explain how the endocrine system integrates various body functions.
  4. Outline the functions of the urinary system and explain how it contributes to maintaining pH, blood volume and the composition of body fluids.
  5. Identify the structures of the digestive system and explain their role in digestion, absorption and metabolism.
  6. Describe the structures of the male and female reproductive systems and explain how offspring are produced with respect to gametogenesis, fertilisation, embryonic and foetal development, maternal adaptations and patterns of inheritance.


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

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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