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This unit is designed to introduce you to knowledge relevant to the structure and function of the human body at the chemical and cellular level. 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 body of knowledge particularly relevant to studies in biochemistry, human nutrition and anatomy and physiology.

Summary 2020

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

Teaching staff

Ms Tracy Douglas

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



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Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit, you will be able to:

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



Teaching Pattern

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


Quizzes (10%)

Laboratory reports (1000 words) (20%)

Mid-Semester test (20%)

Final 3-hour exam (50%)

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