Courses & Units

Foundations of Bioscience XAB083

The NUR02 availability of XAB083 Foundations of Bioscience is tailored to students undertaking the Nursing Foundation Studies pathway in the Diploma of University Studies.


This unit is designed to introduce you to the foundational principles and processes of bioscience. Through module content, workshops, and activities, you will learn the basics of human anatomy and physiology and discover how each of the body systems work together to sustain life. You will also explore fundamental concepts in microbiology and biochemistry and learn how interactions at the cellular and chemical levels can affect the body as a whole. You will develop practical research, communication, and referencing skills through engagement with a range of academic sources. At the end of this unit, you will be able to demonstrate key concepts in bioscience relevant to the health professions.


Unit name Foundations of Bioscience
Unit code XAB083
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Business & Economics
University College
Discipline Pre-Degree
Coordinator Miss Maddison Beck
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Online Nursing Study Period 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Nursing Study Period 2 20/5/2024 11/6/2024 1/7/2024 11/8/2024

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2024 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2024 will be available from the 1st October 2023. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and describe fundamental human anatomy and physiology
  • Demonstrate foundational microbiology and biochemistry concepts relevant to the health professions
  • Communicate using bioscience and health profession terminology and information
  • Identify and reference academic sources to explain concepts and support conclusions

Fee Information

The 2024 Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) rates are still being finalised by the Government and we will update the domestic fee information as soon as we have more details.


Teaching Pattern

2 hour online workshop every 3 weeks (4 times per study period) and a 1 hour weekly tutorial in weeks with no online workshop.

AssessmentAT1: MyLO Quizzes (20%)|AT2: Practical Workbook (30%)|AT3: Research Project (50%)
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.

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