Courses & Units

Foundations of the Human Body CXA171


This unit is designed to introduce you to foundation knowledge relevant to the structure and function of the human body. Concepts in biological chemistry, cell metabolism, microscopy, cell biology and molecular and descriptive genetics will be covered in the unit, with a particular focus on humans. This will provide you with a foundation body of knowledge particularly relevant to studies in biochemistry, human nutrition and anatomy and physiology.


Unit name Foundations of the Human Body
Unit code CXA171
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Health Sciences
Discipline Health Sciences
Coordinator Ms Tracy Douglas
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Introductory


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 26/2/2024 22/3/2024 15/4/2024 2/6/2024

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Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate and apply knowledge of concepts and principles related to the human body at a chemical and cellular level.
  • Problem solve (interpret and analyse) different forms of data and information.
  • Communicate biological information in writing.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
010913 $1,118.00 $1,118.00 not applicable $2,596.00

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Teaching Pattern

There will equivalent of two (2) 50-minute lectures per week provided online.There will be one (1) 2-hour practical/tutorial per week for 8 weeks of the unit.

AssessmentQuizzes (10%)|Report (25%)|Test (25%)|Examination (40%)
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You will need the following text [available from the Co-op Bookshop]:
Martini, FH, Nath, JL, & Bartholomew EF (2018). Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology, 11th Edition (Global Edition). Pearson, NY.


Packaged with Martini, FH, Ober, WC, Nath, JL, Bartholomew, EF and Petti, K 2015. Martini’s Atlas of the Human Body, Pearson, NY.
Garrett, LK 2013. Get Ready for A&P, 3rd Edition. Pearson, NY.



There is an extensive range of cell biology/anatomy and physiology texts in the reserve and non-reserve sections of the University library at Launceston (including the recommended texts) that should be accessed regularly to supplement lecture material

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