BMA5011 - Introduction to human bioscience for engineering - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Biomedical Sciences

Chief examiner(s)

Sharon Flecknoe


Sharon Flecknoe

Unit guides



  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)


Must be enrolled in course code: E6001


BMA1011, BMA1901, BMA1012, BMA1902, BMA1912


This unit will introduce students to the basic anatomy and physiology underlying human health and disease.

This unit will explore homeostasis and how the systems (integumentary, neuromuscular, endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, lymphatic, digestive, urinary and reproductive) work together to maintain the body within narrow limits.

Students will engage in pre-class, in-class and post-class activities aimed to consolidate, explore and apply their understanding of the body systems studied

Students will be assessed by completing both individual and collaborative projects which identify ways that engineering can be used to solve problems within human health and disease.


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

  1. Describe the cellular and tissue organisation of the human body and explain the inter-relationship between structure and function
  2. Identify the structural components of the musculoskeletal and integumentary systems and explain how they protect, support and move the body.
  3. Compare the functions of the endocrine and nervous systems and describe the underlying physiology that allows communication between body tissues and the environment.
  4. Explain the interdependence of the cardiovascular, lymphatic and respiratory systems and how they maintain homeostasis
  5. Identify the structures of the digestive and urinary systems and explain their roles in digestion and fluid balance.
  6. Compare the structure and function of the male and female reproductive systems and explain how they work to produce offspring
  7. Apply knowledge of basic bioscience to real-world health problems that may be solved by engineering


  • Instant feedback assessment of prior learning (10%)
  • iSAP assignment (30%)
  • Group project (35%)
  • End of semester test (25%)

Workload requirements

2 - 4 hours face-to-face contact hours per week (lectorials and workshops)

2 - 4 hours (approx.) of guided self-paced online pre-class activities

2 - 4 hours private study per week.

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