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Human Structure and Function (BIOM20002)

Undergraduate level 2Points: 25On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2017
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 2
Subject codeBIOM20002
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

The subject introduces students to the organisation and function of the human body. General principles of anatomy, basic embryology and the characteristics of the major tissues and organs are covered. The concept of homeostasis, neural and humoral control systems and aspects of oxygen transport, digestion and metabolism, acid-base and fluid balance and temperature regulation are studied. Foundations of pharmacology, receptor-ligand interactions and principles of drug action are covered.

Intended learning outcomes

Upon completion of this subject, students should have an understanding of normal structure and function of the human body, the general principles of anatomy, the concept of homeostasis and the operation of the key organ systems that maintain it, and basic principles of pharmacology and drug action.

Generic skills

Upon completion of this unit, students should have developed:

  • analytical and problem-solving skills
  • oral and written communication skills
  • collaborative learning in practicals and computer-aided workshops
  • skills in observation, interpretation, critical analysis and report writing
  • capacity to integrate knowledge from multiple sources

Eligibility and requirements



Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
BIOL10002 Biomolecules and Cells
Semester 1
BIOL10003 Genes and Environment
Semester 2
CHEM10006 Chemistry for Biomedicine
Semester 1



Non-allowed subjects

Non allowed subjects:

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
ANAT20006 Principles of Human Structure
Semester 1
Semester 2
PHYS20008 Human Physiology
Semester 1
Semester 2

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

  • Written laboratory report (1000 words, 10%);
  • Two tests during semester (20% total, 10% each); and
  • Two 2-hr end of semester exams (70% total, 35% each)

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    Principal coordinatorDavid Alan Williams
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hourssix x 1 hour lectures, one x 2 hour Computer-aided learning workshop (for 12 weeks) + 3 additional 2 hour sessions and one x 3 hour practical (for 7 weeks) per week
    Teaching period24 July 2017 to 22 October 2017
    Last self-enrol date 4 August 2017
    Census date31 August 2017
    Last date to withdraw without fail22 September 2017
    Assessment period ends17 November 2017

    Semester 2 contact information

    Subject Coordinators

    Prof David Alan Williams

    Dr Jenny Hayes

    Administrative Coordination


Time commitment details


Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    Eizenberg, N., C. Briggs, C. Adams & G. Ahern. General Anatomy: Principles and Applications.

    Sydney: McGraw-Hill, 2007.

    Silverthorn, D.U. Human Physiology: An Integrated Approach. San Francisco: Pearson, 6 th Ed. 2013.

  • Subject notes

    This subject is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Biomedicine.
    Students are expected to have regular access to an internet-enabled computer.
    Students are expected to be familiar with word processing, data management and graphical software packages and to be competent in electronic search techniques.
    This subject is not available for incoming exchange or as cross institutional study.

    B-BMED students who fail this subject with a mark of 45-49%, who do not fail any other subjects in the same semester may be eligible for a progression supplementary exam for this subject in line with the Assessment Procedure (point 15). Students will be contacted via email by the University Results final release date if they are eligible.

Last updated: 23 January 2019