AHEA2204 Advanced Human Biological Sciences II

6 points
Not available in 2020UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit is a pathway course for Indigenous students seeking access to postgraduate health professional science courses. The unit builds on the concepts introduced in AHEA2203 Advanced Human Biological Sciences I with a particular focus on applying those concepts via specific examples encountered in systems of the body. The unit focuses on developing students' recognition and understanding of the rationale for common higher order organising principles of modern human biological sciences. It introduces the student to various systems that comprise the human body and how these different bodily systems work in synergy to maintain the health of the body. The unit explores the structure and function of these systems at the level of molecules, cells and tissues. Students learn the universal descriptors that are used by anatomists to locate various body structures in relationship to each other. These concepts and issues provide a solid foundation for understanding the application to a major body system in the concurrent unit AHEA2203 Advanced Human Biological Sciences 1.
Students are able to (1) identify and demonstrate an understanding of the different body systems and how they relate to one another; (2) demonstrate how these different body systems correlate with structure and function; (3) describe the energy requirements of muscle with regards to the muscle system; (4) demonstrate an understanding of how the body adjusts itself in order to meet the demands that are placed on it; and (5) explain how the endocrine and nervous system interact with each other to coordinate and integrate the activity of body cells.
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.

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
AHEA1101 Aboriginal Health (or equivalent)
AHEA1103 Introduction to Human Biological Sciences I (or equivalent)
AHEA1104 Introduction to Human Biological Sciences II (or equivalent)
AHEA1102 Communication and Research Methods (or equivalent)
AHEA2203 Advanced Human Biological Sciences I
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 2 hours per week; labs: 2 hours per week
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