BMA1901 - Human structure and function 1 - 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)

Dr Elise Randle-Barrett


Dr Natalie Bennett

Unit guides



  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)


Must be enrolled in Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours), Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Nursing or Bachelor of Nursing and Midwifery.


BMA1011, BMA1012, BMS2011, BMS2021, BMS2031, NUR1112, PHY2011, PHY2021, PHY2032, PHY2042.


This unit is the first in a sequence of two biomedical science units that provides foundation knowledge of human anatomy and physiology relevant for allied health professions.

This unit develops skills in the critical evaluation of evidence and promotes an awareness of the changing nature of medical knowledge.

The major themes of study are the structural levels of body organisation, communication via the nervous and endocrine systems, the reproductive system and early stages of human development. Topics include the chemical and cellular basis of human life; integration of body functions and homeostasis; the structure and function of the integumentary system; the nervous system; the endocrine system; and the reproductive system.


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

  1. Identify levels of structural organisation within the body and discuss how primary tissue types cooperate to form organ systems using integumentary system as an example;
  2. Describe and explain homeostatic control mechanisms and how they maintain conditions in the internal environment necessary for optimal organ system function;
  3. Outline the structure and function of the nervous and endocrine systems, and explain how they facilitate the integration of organ system function and homeostasis;
  4. Synthesise the processes of gametogenesis and fertilisation in the context of male and female reproductive structures;
  5. Analyse and interpret data utilising an evidenced-based approach to understand patient symptoms.


  • Weekly online tests (MCQ) (10%)
  • Mid-semester exam (MCQ) (45 minutes) (20%)
  • Laboratory test (1 hour) (25%)
  • Examination (MCQ/SAQ) (2 hours) (45%) (Hurdle)

Hurdle: Students must pass the Examination to pass the unit. You are also required to attend all scheduled unit tutorials and practical sessions unless documentary evidence (such as a medical certificate, relevant death notice, etc.) is provided. Minimum attendance requirement of 80% to pass the unit.

Workload requirements

3 hours of lectures and 1.5 hour tutorial per week and 2 hours practical per fortnight. An additional 6 hours of self-directed study is recommended.

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