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Bioscience 1 CXA204



This unit builds on the basic knowledge from CXA107 Fundamentals of Bioscience to develop an understanding of the physiology and pathophysiology of the nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, renal and immune systems. Principles of pathophysiology and pharmacology are introduced and, through a systems based approach, the actions of commonly used medicines are explored. Microbiology, including infections, immunisation and the use of antimicrobials are discussed in relation to health care environments and clinical practice.


Unit name Bioscience 1
Unit code CXA204
Credit points 25
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Health Sciences
Discipline Health Sciences
Coordinator Doctor Chin- Liang Beh
Available as an elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Intermediate


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Learning Outcomes

  • Communicate biological information in writing
  • Demonstrate and apply knowledge of: the structure and function of body systems; the core principles of physiology and pathophysiology; common medicines; microbiology in healthcare settings
  • Analyse and integrate data from clinical scenarios to: explain reasons for normal and abnormal health states; explain reasons for, and consequences of, common clinical interventions.
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Teaching Pattern

Workshops (2 hour weekly)

AssessmentQuizzes (20%)|Quizzes (40%)|Examination (40%)
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.


We will regularly refer to the following texts:

Amerman, E 2018, Human Anatomy and Physiology (2nd Global edition), Pearson, Essex. (When purchased through Booktopia, this text is packaged with Mastering A&P® which includes access to an eText)

Saladin, Kenneth S. 2015. Anatomy & Physiology: The Unity of Form and Function, ISE 8th Ed. McGraw-Hill : New York. This text may be packaged with Connect access (includes A & P Revealed and Learn Smart)

Craft, J. & Gordon, C., 2019. Understanding Pathophysiology and Pathophysiology Online, 3nd Ed. Elsevier: Sydney.

Norris, T 2020, Porth’s Essentials of Pathophysiology, 5th edn, Wolters Kluwer

If you have earlier copies of either of these texts it is not necessary to buy the latest copy.

Additonal useful references include
Bryant B, Knights K. Pharmacology for Health Professionals. Mosby Elsevier.
McKenna, L., & Lim, A. 2014. McKenna’s Pharmacology for Nursing and Health Professionals, 2nd Ed. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins: Sydney
Note: you do not need to purchase this text if you already have a current Rang & Dale or similar. Either one of these texts will be adequate for this unit and CXA310.
Lee, G. & Bishop, P. 2013. Microbiology and Infection Control for Health Professionals. 5th Ed. Pearson: Sydney
We may suggest other readings during semester – we will ensure that these are available without cost via the MyLO site or via the Library Reading List for this Unit.

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