AHEA1103 Introduction to Human Biological Sciences I

6 points
Not available in 2020UWA (Perth)Face to face
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.
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.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Dawn Bessarab
Unit rules
AHEA1104 Introduction to Human Biological Sciences II
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