BMA1902 - Human structure and function 2 - 2019

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 Natalie Bennett


Dr Elise Randle-Barrett

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)




Must be enrolled in Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours), Bachelor of Education or Bachelor of Health Sciences.


BMA1012, BMA1912, BMS2011, BMS2031, PHY2011, NUR1114 PHY2021, PHY2032, PHY2042


This unit is the second in a sequence of two health science units that provides foundation knowledge of human anatomy and physiology relevant for allied health professions and further develops skills in the critical evaluation of evidence.

The major themes of study in this unit are: body support and movement, cardiovascular anatomy and physiology, the respiratory system, the urinary system and the control of body fluids; the digestive system and the processing of nutrients in the body; the lymphoid/immune system; microbes and infection; and an introduction to pharmacological principles.


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

  1. Relate the structure of the major bones, joints and muscles to the functions of support and movement;
  2. Summarise the structures of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems and explain how their integrated functions facilitate transport and maintain homeostasis;
  3. Locate the organs of the digestive system and describe the processes of digestion, absorption and metabolism;
  4. Consider how urine is formed and the role of the kidneys in maintaining fluid composition and balance;
  5. Outline the body's innate and adaptive defences and how they determine the nature of interactions with microbes;
  6. Outline basic pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic principals as a foundation for understanding pharmacology;
  7. Analyse and interpret data using an evidence based approach to understand patient symptoms.


NOTE: From 1 July 2019, the duration of all exams is changing to combine reading and writing time. The new exam duration for this unit is 2 hours and 10 minutes.

  • Online tests (10 x 10 minutes each) (MCQ) (10%)
  • Mid-semester exam (MCQ) (35 minutes) (20%)
  • Laboratory test (1 hour) (25%)
  • Examination (2 hours) (MCQ/ SAQ) (45%) (Hurdle)

Hurdle Requirement: 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

6 hours of directed learning (lectures, workshops, pre-and post-class activities, practicals and tutorials per week

6 hours of student directed study per week

See also Unit timetable information

Off-campus attendance requirements

Students are required to attend all scheduled tutorials and practical classes unless documentary evidence (such as a medical certificate, statutory declaration etc.) is provided.

Minimum attendance to pass the unit is 80% of all scheduled tutorials and practical classes. Students are also required to complete a minimum of 80% of all prescribed pre- and post-class activities.

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study