SCI305: Human Biology I


SCI305: Human Biology I

Key details

Accredited towardsBachelor of Arts in the Liberal Arts
Unit typeElective unit
Credit points6
Indicative contact hours3 hours per week
Offered inSemester 1
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This unit of study introduces the principles governing biological systems, and how they operate at different levels of organisation. The unit will provide a broad coverage of human biology, with an emphasis on the inter-relatedness of the different body systems, and how they function normally and in various disease states.

The content includes:

  • an overview of the characteristics of living organisms and the organisation of the human body at various levels: molecules, cells, tissues and systems
  • a specific study of eleven organ systems
  • a review of human genetics.

The unit will serve to provide students with sufficient knowledge of human biology better to understand and critically to appraise current developments in the biological sciences related to human life, health and well-being.


Learning outcomes

On completion of the unit, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of the structure, function, and interrelatedness of the various human organ systems;
  2. develop a basic understanding of the biological basis of some common human diseases
  3. identify, discuss and offer a preliminary evaluation of the social and ethical issues which emerge from the knowledge of human biological systems and the application of scientific technologies to the human being;
  4. encourage research, critical reading, reflection and analysis of presented material and readings;
  5. demonstrate the ability to think logically, critically analyse situations and design responsible solutions to problems;
  6. summarise information and communicate in a logical and coherent manner; and
  7. competently present clear written expression, logical essay structure and appropriate use of referencing and bibliography to comply with the conventions of academic writing.



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