Course Outline

LFS112 Human Physiology

Course Coordinator:Victoria Hinkley ( School:School of Health - Biomedicine

2023Semester 2

UniSC Sunshine Coast

UniSC Moreton Bay

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

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teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


Human Physiology covers the normal physiology of the human body. It includes topics on metabolism, digestion, osmoregulation, excretion, respiration, circulation, muscles, neurophysiology, sense organs, immunology, endocrinology and reproduction. Emphasis in the course will be on normal structure and function of the human body and the approach will be to develop an understanding of the integrative nature of physiological systems.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Learning materials – Self-directed eModule completion 2hrs Week 1 12 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Online Tutorial 2hrs Week 1 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 2 – On campus workshop - Weeks 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11 2hrs Week 1 6 times
Laboratory 1 – On campus laboratories - Weeks 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 2hrs Week 2 6 times

Course Topics

  • Thermoregulation and the Integumentary system
  • Neurophysiology
  • Muscle physiology 
  • Endocrine system
  • Cellular Metabolism
  • Blood physiology and the Immune System
  • Digestive physiology 
  • Cardiac and Vascular physiology  
  • Renal physiology
  • Respiratory physiology
  • Reproductive physiology
  • Sensory physiology

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 Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...
1 Describe and apply theory to explain the physiology of:individual systems and/oran integrated system response. Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker
2 Demonstrate knowledge of practical procedures in physiology, including presentation and interpretation of data. Knowledgeable
3 Apply human physiology theory, knowledge and applications. Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker

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”.


Not applicable


Not applicable


LFS201 or LFS202 or LFS203

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

An understanding of: cell biology including structure and function of cell membranes and cellular transport; basic anatomy of human tissues, organs and systems; basic chemistry of molecules important in biological systems. Understanding of principles of data presentation and interpretation. Therefore, it is recommended that you successfully complete courses in cell biology or introduction to bioscience.

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

Formative feedback will be provided throughout the course. This involves provision of:
Model answers provided for workshop questions.
Analysis and discussion of data with tutors in the e-workshops. 
Multiple attempts for online quizzes.
Revision questions that students can discuss with academic staff.

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 1a Portfolio Individual 10%
approximately 1 - 2 hours weekly
Refer to Format Online Publisher Assessment
All 1b Portfolio Individual 30%
Approximately 30 min each
Refer to Format Online Test (Quiz)
All 2 Examination - not Centrally Scheduled Individual 20%
60 min
Week 6 Online Test (Quiz)
All 3 Examination - Centrally Scheduled Individual 40%
120 min
Exam Period Exam Venue
All - Assessment Task 1a:Portfolio: Preparation and Participation
To provide ongoing opportunities to practice and apply the principles of the theoretical content covered in eModules, online and on-campus classes which will facilitate and consolidate learning.
Product: Portfolio
Weeks 3 - 12
This task requires the completion of the eModules for each week and provides you with the opportunity to develop your understanding of the theoretical components of the course and receive timely feedback on your learning. You are able to attempt the eModule multiple times and are required to take a screenshot of your completion certificate. Further information is available on Canvas. The questions and activities are associated with each theory topic and are completed weekly from Week 3-12 (1% per week = 10% of final grade) and are submitted at the end of Week 12. Weeks 1 and 2 do not contribute to your grade and are an opportunity to receive formative feedback.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Level of successful completion of e-workshop exercises
1 3
Completion of pre- and/or post-class activities associated with eModules and online/on-campus classes
1 3
Active participation in workshops
Correct responses to questions in the quizzes
1 2 3
Accurate interpretation of physiological data
2 3
All - Assessment Task 1b:Portfolio: Laboratory and Practical Skills Assessment
To provide ongoing opportunities to practice and apply the principles of the theoretical and practical content covered in eModules, Laboratories, Workshops and Seminars which will facilitate and consolidate learning.
Product: Portfolio
Submit: Weeks 3, 5, 9 & 13
The online quizzes will assist in consolidating skills related to creating and interpreting graphs, calculations, data interpretation, and the comprehension and application of physiology knowledge. Each quiz will cover topics covered in laboratories, workshops, lectorials and seminars and will require synthesis and application of knowledge. Sub-tasks will be scheduled in Weeks 3, 5, 9 and 13 and further information will be available on Canvas. Quizzes will be open for 5 days (Monday 8am-Friday 5pm of the due week) and questions will be drawn from a large database of questions so that no two quizzes will be the same. NOTE: Following the closing of the quiz at the end of the due week, there will be NO OPPORTUNITY FOR LATE SUBMISSION. An extension will require an AAE and supporting documentation, and may take an alternative format.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Level of successful completion of e-workshop exercises
Completion of pre- and/or post-class activities associated with eModules, laboratories and workshops
2 3
Active participation in laboratories and workshops
1 2 3
Correct responses to questions in the quizzes
2 3
Accurate interpretation of physiological data
2 3
Quality and clarity of written work
All - Assessment Task 2:Mid-semester examination
You will demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of the theoretical and practical components of the course.
Product: Examination - not Centrally Scheduled
60 minute online examination consisting of multiple choice questions and/or short answer questions. This is an open-book knowledge-recall examination delivered via Canvas. The exam will be open for 5 days (Monday 8am-Friday 5pm of Week 6), however, once you start the exam, you will have 60 minutes to complete it, and only have one attempt. Questions will be based on the content covered in Weeks 1-5 of Semester and may require you to recall information, perform calculations, interpret data, analyse and synthesise information.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Ability to demonstrate accurate discipline knowledge
1 2 3
Ability to provide correct answers to multiple choice questions relating to the theoretical content sourced from the eModules, lectorials, practicals, workshops, readings and other prescribed activites
1 2 3
ability to apply theoretical knowledge to physiology problems​​
All - Assessment Task 3:End of semester examination of theory
The goal of this task is to give you the opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of the theory presented in the course. LFS112 is a foundation course for your degree and it is important to develop a sound understanding of the key physiological concepts and principles of different tissues and organ systems responsible for human life.
Product: Examination - Centrally Scheduled
Completion of the final comprehensive exam, two hours in length and may consist of multiple choice and/or short answer style questions. The final examination will be online, or centrally-invigilated, and closed book, depending on examination setting.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Ability to demonstrate accurate discipline knowledge
1 2 3
Ability to provide correct answers to multiple choice questions relating to the theoretical content sourced from the eModules, lectorials, laboratories, workshops, readings and other prescribed activities
1 2 3
Ability to apply knowledge to physiology problems

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
Required Frederic H. Martini,Judi L. Nath,Edwin F. Bartholomew 0 Fundamentals of Anatomy & Physiology, Global Edition 11th edition n/a

Specific requirements

To complete this course, students will require the LFS112 Human Physiology Course Manual and Lectorial Workbook (two separate resources). This is available for purchase from MaPS; with an electronic copy being available on Canvas. It is strongly recommended to have a hard copy of these manuals, as they are an invaluable resources to successfully complete the course. Students will requires personal protective equipment (PPE) for laboratory classes. This includes: a clean laboratory coat, fully-enclosed footwear and safety glasses. Students must present with this PPE in order to gain entry into the laboratory; no PPE is available for loan. Students are also required to complete the online Laboratory Induction on Canvas prior to gaining entry into the laboratory

How are risks managed in this course?

Risk assessments have been performed for all laboratory classes and a moderate level of health and safety risk exists. Moderate risks are those associated with laboratory work such as working with chemicals and hazardous substances. You will be required to undertake laboratory induction training and it is also 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

Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:

The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
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 (the rates are cumulative): 
- 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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