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Unit Overview


This unit is part of the pathway course for Indigenous students seeking access to postgraduate health professional science courses. The unit addresses the areas of common conceptual difficulty in the biological sciences identified from many years teaching students at a tertiary level. The unit's design also accounts for the possibility that the students it caters for may be at a disadvantage in lacking the assumed academic cultural capital of the standard entry student. The content of the unit is based around seven modules: (1) dimensions and measurement of scale in the context of the human body; (2) principles of biological terminology; (3) interrelatedness of human body systems and functions; (4) the human body as an imperfect solution to environmental challenges; (5) the changing requirements of the body over time and space; (6) the hierarchy of the modules of bodily composition; and (7) from description to measurement. The unit runs concurrently with AHEA1104 Introduction to Human Biological Sciences II and provides a necessary platform for that unit. Concepts and ideas presented in this unit are expressed in application to the cardiovascular system in AHEA1104 Introduction to Human Biological Sciences II.

6 points

Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of the structural organisation of the human body and its component parts and systems; (2) recognise through analysis the framework underpinning the terminology encountered in the study of biology; (3) describe the mechanisms used in communication between parts of the body, and the interrelatedness of the actions of those parts in achieving regulation of system-wide functions; (4) describe the dynamic and imperfect state of function of the body in response to the challenges of the internal and external environment, and explain the trade-offs involved in achieving a maximal, if not optimal, state of function; (5) identify the different requirements of the human organism at different stages of development; (6) explain how complex and intricate processes and structures can be derived from the exercise of a number of simple rules operating on a few basic elements; and (7) describe the body as a knowable mechanism explicable in terms of the same physical and quantitative processes as other physical systems.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) written short answers; (2) multiple-choice questions; (3) formative online exercises; (4) group presentation; (5) one-hour end of semester final examination; and (6) laboratory exercises. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Dawn Bessarab
Unit rules
AHEA1104 Introduction to Human Biological Sciences II
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.