Course Outline

HLT100 Anatomy and Physiology

Course Coordinator:Judy Craft ( School:School of Health - Nursing

2024Semester 2

UniSC Sunshine Coast

UniSC Moreton Bay

UniSC Caboolture

UniSC Fraser Coast

UniSC Gympie

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.

Please go to for up to date information on the
teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


Anatomy and Physiology introduces you to the normal functioning of the human body.  Emphasis is placed on the normal structure and function in order for you to develop an understanding of the integrative nature of physiological systems. You will learn the importance of the underlying mechanisms that regulate and control the activity of human physiological systems and understand these as they change across the lifespan. This course provides you with foundational concepts that will prepare you for study in human pathophysiology that is embedded in future courses.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Learning materials – Asynchronous learning and teaching recording. 1hr Week 1 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – On campus tutorial 2hrs Week 1 13 times

Course Topics

Introduction to Anatomy & Physiology: Terminology & Homeostasis.

Integumentary System.

Digestive System and Nutrition.

Integumentary System.

Skeletal System.

Muscular System.

Respiratory System.

Cardiovascular System: Heart & Vessels.

Cardiovascular System: Fluids.

Lymphatic System & Immunity.

Nervous System: Structure & Communication.

Nervous System: Central & Autonomic Nervous Systems.

Renal System.

Reproductive System.

Integration & Review.

What level is this course?

100 Level (Introductory)

Engaging with discipline knowledge and skills at foundational level, broad application of knowledge and skills in familiar contexts and with support. Limited or no prerequisites. Normally, associated with the first full-time study year of an undergraduate program.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Mapping Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming... Professional Standard Mapping * Paramedicine Board of Australia
1 Explain and describe the key processes and functions that control and regulate the normal activity of the human body Knowledgeable
4.7.b, 4.7.d, 5.3.a, 5.3.d, 5.3.f
2 Identify and explain the specific anatomical structures of the human body and relate these structures to their specific functions Knowledgeable
4.7.b, 4.7.d, 5.3.a, 5.3.d, 5.3.f
3 Explain how systems interact to maintain homeostasis Knowledgeable
5.3.a, 5.3.d, 5.3.f
4 Apply principles and practices of academic writing and referencing Ethical
3.3.c, 4.4.c, 5.3.b
5 Demonstrate ethical use of intellectual property Ethical
3.3.c, 5.3.b

* Competencies by Professional Body

Paramedicine Board of Australia
3.3.c Using appropriate resources to support professional decision-making.
4.7.b Share knowledge with colleagues.
4.7.d Share knowledge and experience relating to individual/group/unit problems with colleagues.
4.4.c Use only accepted terminology in completing patient records.
5.3.a Understand the structure, function and pathophysiology of the human body, relevant to their practice, together with knowledge of health, human growth and development, disease, disorder and dysfunction.
5.3.d Demonstrate an applied knowledge of human anatomy and physiology sufficient to understand the nature and effects of injury or illness and to conduct assessment and observation in order to establish patient management strategies.
5.3.f Understand the clinical sciences underpinning paramedic practice, including physiological, pharmacological, behavioural and functional.
5.3.b Understand the principles and applications of scientific enquiry, including the evaluation of treatment efficacy and the research process.

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the UniSC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.


Enrolled in Program ED312, ED315, SC010, SC108, SC306, SC347, SC367, SC391, SC392, SC393, AENH-EMAJ, HPE-MAJ


Not applicable


((LFS112 or LFS201 or LFS202) and LFS122) or SPX103

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Not applicable

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

Revision questions will be available each week for students to practise and test their understanding of concepts, commencing from the start of semester. These will provide early formative assessment in this course, as these will support development of knowledge for preparation of Tasks.  Early assessment in this course will involve an early summative assessment in the form of a written piece due in Week 4.   

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Written Piece Individual 25%
750 words
Week 4 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 2 Case Study Individual 35%
1500 words
Week 9 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 3 Examination - Centrally Scheduled Individual 40%
90 minutes
Exam Period Online Submission
All - Assessment Task 1:Patient Information Tool
The goal of this assessment is to prepare information suitable for use in an educational brochure to explain aspects of anatomy and physiology.
Product: Written Piece
Individual response to a selected scenario. Full details will be provided on Canvas.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Ability to explain the anatomical structures of the human body, and relate these to their physiological functions, specifically to the chosen scenario
1 2
Ability to explain how control and regulation of the human body is achieved by interactions between body systems, relevant to the scenario
Ability to summarise key knowledge required by a lay person to understand their clinical condition.
Apply principles and practices of academic writing and referencing
Demonstrate ethical use of intellectual property
All - Assessment Task 2:Case study
The goal of this task is to demonstrate understanding of complex interactions between multiple body systems.
Product: Case Study
Individual response to a provided case study. Full details will be provided on Canvas.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Demonstrated understanding and application of concepts in anatomy and physiology to the case study
1 2
Demonstrated ability to integrate multiple systems towards overall body physiology.
Ability to apply physiological and pathophysiological information to a case study.
1 2
Apply principles and practices of academic writing and referencing
Demonstrated ethical use of intellectual property
All - Assessment Task 3:Final Exam
To provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding, and to apply theoretical information obtained throughout this course.
Product: Examination - Centrally Scheduled
Individual responses to allocated questions.  Full details will be provided on Canvas.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of the theoretical content.
1 2 3
Demonstrate problem solving based on theoretical knowledge in anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology.
1 3
Application of the principles and practices of reflective and academic writing and referencing in the style appropriate to the discipline.
Ethical use of intellectual property.

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.

Required? Author Year Title Edition Publisher
Recommended Kevin T Patton,Gary A. Thibodeau 2023 The Human Body in Health & Disease - Softcover 8th Edition Mosby

Specific requirements

Not applicable

How are risks managed in this course?

Health and safety risks for this course have been assessed as low. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Eligibility for Supplementary Assessment
Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:
a.	The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
b.	The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
c.	You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct.

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks may be penalised at the following maximum rate: 
- 5% (of the assessment task's identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- 10% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the third day - 20% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted after seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late. To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome.


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