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Unit Overview


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.

6 points

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.

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)
AHEA2203 Advanced Human Biological Sciences I
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.