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BIOS1170: Body Systems: Structure and Function (2013 - Semester 1)

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Unit: BIOS1170: Body Systems: Structure and Function (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Junior
Faculty/School: Discipline of Biomedical Science
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Polson , Jaimie
Session options: Semester 1, Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Campus: Cumberland
Pre-Requisites: None.
Brief Handbook Description: This unit will present the gross anatomy, functional histology, physiology and pathophysiology of the cardiovascular, respiratory and renal systems. Specific diseases of these systems that are commonly encountered in health care practice will be described. The unit will also cover the characteristics of the body`s fluids and the concept of acid-base balance within the body.
Assumed Knowledge: None.
Lecturer/s: Dr Polson , Jaimie
A/Prof Huq, Fazlul
Dr Knight, Peter
Timetable: BIOS1170 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 3.00
2 Practical Work 2.00
T&L Activities: 3hr lectures, 2hr practicals/week
Assessment Description: mid semester examm (30%), end semester exam (70%)


The aim of our teaching is to support your learning. The assessment tools have been developed over many years as a result of our experience of teaching and previous students’ learning. We have also learned much from surveys of learning that previous students have completed.

As a result we have learnt that students with little or no background in the topics covered in this unit need to work steadily at understanding, because so much of the later semester work is building on material covered in the early weeks. It takes some time for all the pieces to come together. Because of this, there are several worksheets which carry no marks, but for which the completion is vital. Assessments carrying marks (summative assessment) follows somewhat later (Week 7 and 15/16) when there has been more time for the “bigger picture” to have been painted and understood.

These worksheets also give students who have some background the opportunity to assess what they do already know, and the areas where they need to focus more strongly

There are 2 types of assessments:

Formative Assessment

This is designed to help you pace your learning and provide ongoing feedback on your progress. It is administered in the following ways:

Worksheets (x9):

* responses are submitted through “Worksheets” on the website by the due date.

* model answers will be provided several days after the completion dates.

* review tutorials will resolve problems encountered with particular answers to the worksheets.

Summative Assessment

(30%) 40 minutes multiple choice question examination.

- This examination will cover fluids and the anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology of the cardiovascular system.

(70%) 2 hours multiple choice question examination

- This examination will cover the entire course, including what was covered in the mid-semester exam.

Material covered in lectures, tutorials, practical sessions and worksheets will be assessed in the written examinations. Questions will be allocated to each topic in proportion to the time devoted to it through the different activities.

The worksheets aim to test your understanding of basic concepts of the various topics covered in the subject. Anything that is still unclear to you after consulting the model answers may be discussed in more detail in the review tutorials.

ALL SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENTS MUST BE COMPLETED in order to complete this unit of study successfully.
Assessment Feedback: Feedback regarding performance in the mid-semester exam will be provided via eLearning.

Feedback on your performance may also be obtained by completing the worksheets and checking your answers with the sample answers provided.
Prescribed Text/s: Note: Students are expected to have a personal copy of all books listed.
  • Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sport Science) 2010, 2011, 2013
Bachelor of Applied Science (Exercise and Sport Science) and Master of Nutrition and Dietetics 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy) Honours 2012
Bachelor of Health Sciences with a Movement Science second major 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

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These goals are selected from University Generic Graduate Attributes which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See University Generic Graduate Attributes for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.