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 student 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 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022

* 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 (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021.

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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.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
010913 $1,002.00 $1,002.00 not applicable $2,354.00
  • Available as a Commonwealth Supported Place
  • HECS-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility3
  • FEE-HELP is available on this unit, depending on your eligibility4

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Teaching Pattern

There will be one (1) 2-hour practical/tutorial per week for 8 weeks of the unit.

AssessmentQuizzes (10%)|Test (20%)|Examination (50%)|Report (20%)
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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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