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BIOL1908: Human Biology (Advanced)

What will it mean to be human in 2100? How will we be able to control our complex bodily mechanisms to maintain health and fight disease? Advances in the human biology suggest we will age more slowly and new technologies will enhance many bodily structures and functions. This unit of study will explore maintenance of health through nutritional balance, aerobic health, defence mechanisms and human diversity. You will learn key structural features from the subcellular level to the whole organ and body, and learn about essential functional pathways that determine how the body regulates its internal environment and responds to external stimuli and disease. Together we will investigate nutrition, digestion and absorption, cardiovascular and lung function, reproduction, development, epigenetics, and regulation of function through various interventions. You will receive lectures from experts in the field of human biology and medical sciences, supported by practical classes, workshops and on-line resources that leverage off state-of-the-art technologies to develop your practical, critical thinking, communication, collaboration, digital literacy, problem solving, and enquiry-based skills in human biology. This unit of study will provide you with the breadth and depth of knowledge and skills for further studies in majors in medical sciences. The advanced unit has the same overall concepts as the mainstream unit but material is discussed in a manner that offers a greater level of challenge and academic rigour. Students enrolled in the advanced stream will participate in alternative components which may for example include guest lecturers from medical science industries. The nature of these components may vary from year to year.

Code BIOL1908
Academic unit Life and Environmental Sciences Academic Operations
Credit points 6
BIOL1003 or BIOL1903 or BIOL1993 or MEDS1001 or MEDS1901 or BIOL1008 or BIOL1998
Assumed knowledge:
85 or above in HSC Biology or equivalent

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. describe the structure and function of body systems that interrelate for normal human activity
  • LO2. explain how the integration of complex cellular and whole body mechanisms underpin homeostasis
  • LO3. explain the current challenges and emerging solutions facing human biology research
  • LO4. communicate key concepts in human biology to diverse audiences through a variety of media
  • LO5. work independently and in groups to analyse and evaluate important questions in human biology
  • LO6. work collaboratively with academic integrity with others in the processes of learning, experimentation, problem solving and assessment
  • LO7. demonstrate competence in core laboratory and related skills
  • LO8. collect and analyse data related to human biology/medical sciences
  • LO9. appreciate the role that the science of human biology plays in contributing to the betterment of society as a whole
  • LO10. apply knowledge and skills to real world problems and articulate the relevance of human biology investigations and their findings to the local and global community
  • LO11. develop the skills for self-managing and successful learning at university
  • LO12. work ethically, responsibly, autonomously and reflectively as a learner and as a scientist.