Human Bioscience

University of Newcastle

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Human Bioscience

  • Host University

    University of Newcastle

  • Location

    Newcastle, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Biomedical Sciences, Human Biology, Human Development, Molecular Biology, Neuroscience, Physiology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview


    This course provides an integrated introduction to the anatomy (structure), physiology (functioning) and biochemistry (molecular interactions) of the human body.

    Core concepts are:

    - the principles of homeostasis and the significance of a breakdown in homeostasis as a threat to health

    - the organisation of the human body from atoms to organism

    - the processes that are critical to the maintenance of life and the processes that help defend threats to life

    - the complementarity of anatomy and physiology, and interrelationships between body organ systems.

    In addressing these concepts the course covers the cell, cell cycle and basic cellular chemistry; atomic structure; molecules of life; protein synthesis; water, acids, bases and pH balance.

    The course introduces the 4 primary tissue types and the 11 body systems - integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, renal and reproductive systems. The course also presents an introduction to immunity, infectious microbiological agents, genetics and human evolution.

    Learning Outcomes

    1. To develop strategies for self-learning over a life-time

    2. To develop critical reasoning skills, particularly in relation to the application of knowledge in the human biosciences area.

    3. To understand the structure (anatomy) functioning (physiology) and the molecular interactions (biochemistry) of the human body.

    4. To understand the structure and functions of the basic unit of life - the cell

    5. To be able to identify the processes that are critical to the maintenance of life.

    6. To understand molecular mechanisms underlying life processes

    7. To comprehend the organisation of the body from atoms, molecules, cells, tissues, organs, organ systems to the organism.

    8. To understand the principle of homeostasis in the context of a healthy functioning human body.

    9. To understand how homeostasis is achieved in terms of feedback control of bodily function

    10. To appreciate the significance of a breakdown in homeostasis as a threat to the survival of an organism

    11. To understand the need for information to be relayed from one part of the body to another and the mechanisms by which it is achieved.

    12. To understand how the body takes in, modifies and utilises substances for its need

    13. To understand how substances are delivered to and removed from the tissues

    14. To understand how movement is generated and how it contributes to the survival of an organism

    15. To understand the importance of removal of waste products from the body and understand the mechanisms by which this is achieved

    16. Be able to describe the processes that bring humans into being, the processes that help defend threats to life and the processes that lead to decline of life

    17. To describe the principles of evolution and human development.


    The course covers the fundamentals of the anatomy, physiology and biochemistry of the human body. The content is organised under the following themes:
    Cellular structure & function
    Organisation of cells,tissues & organs
    Life processes & homeostasis
    Basic biochemistry
    Assimilation & excretion
    Information transfer
    Reproduction, heredity and evolution
    Immunity & repair processes

    Review of Progress

    This course is a compulsory program requirement for students in the following program(s):

    Bachelor of Nursing (10706)

    In addition to meeting the University's overall requirements for academic progression, students enrolled in these program(s) must satisfactorily complete this course in order to progress in their program.

    Assessment Items
    In Term Test: Online tests (x2)
    In Term Test: Mid-semester exam
    Formal Examination: Final exam

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.