Courses & Units

Foundations of the Human Body CXA171



Introduces students to the fundamental unit of life, the cell. Concepts in basic biochemistry, cell biology, microbiology, molecular biology and genetics are covered in this unit, and form a fundamental core of knowledge to which students will refer throughout their further biological studies.


Unit name Foundations of the Human Body
Unit code CXA171
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School Faculty of Health and Medicine
School of Health Science
Discipline Health Sciences

Teaching staff

Ms Tracy Douglas

Level Introductory
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


This unit is currently unavailable.


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  • (for those students who do not have TCE Chemistry or Chemistry Bridging Course) KRA161
  • (for X3H students only) KRA001


Teaching Pattern

On campus: 2x1 hr lectures (12 weeks), 2-hr practical/tutorial session weekly (11 wks).
Off campus: 2x1 hr online lectures (12 weeks), 1x 1hr online tutorial (12 weeks), workshops (10 hours).


(theory) library assignment (1000 words) (15%), mid-sem test (15%), on-line quizzes (10%), referencing quiz (5%), practical report (800 words) (10%), discussion board (0%); final theory examination 3 hours (45%).

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