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Unit Overview


This unit is a pathway course for Indigenous students seeking access to postgraduate health professional science courses. It introduces students to the molecular and cellular level of organisation within the human body and lays the foundation required for students to develop an understanding of biological processes. It also provides students with a broad coverage of genetic processes that play an integral role in human development. The unit addresses how our genes play an important role in our daily life and how this affects disease.

6 points

Students are able to (1) describe the structure and function of the human body at the cellular and molecular level; (2) demonstrate an understanding of the principles of human genetics with regards to disease; (3) explain the unique structuring and enabling properties of carbon; (4) describe the importance of membranes as borders and barriers and the facilitators of the transport of materials; (5) define the difference between mitotic and meiotic processes and recognise the separation of these processes in the body; (6) demonstrate a good understanding of scientific language; and (7) develop and write a scientific essay.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) continuous assessment and (2) end-of-semester examination. 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
AHEA1101 Aboriginal Health (or equivalent),
and AHEA1103 Introduction to Human Biological Sciences I (or equivalent),
and AHEA1104 Introduction to Human Biological Sciences II (or equivalent)
and AHEA1102 Communication and Research Methods (or equivalent)
AHEA2204 Advanced Human Biological Sciences II
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week
tutorials: 2 hours per week
labs: 2 hours per week
  • 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.