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IMED1001 Form and Function

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Integrated Medical Sciences and Clinical Practice; Integrated Dental Sciences; Biomedical Engineering; Podiatric Health and Medical Sciences major sequences
This unit discusses the human body plan, body organisation and basic histology. Basic physiology, cell communication and cell biology are presented in an integrated fashion.
Students are able to (1) describe and recognise structural components of the body in gross anatomical terms; (2) describe the organisational levels in the structure of the human body, from cells to organ systems; (3) understand the basic structure and function of primary tissues—epithelium, connective tissue, muscle and nervous tissue; (4) describe the general principles of structure and functions of the skeleton, joints and muscles; (5) describe the overall organisation of the nervous system; (6) discuss skeletal tissue structure and function at the gross and microscopic level; (7) define the basics of the cardiovascular system, blood and lymphatics; (8) describe skin and soft tissue histology and anatomy; (9) describe the overall body plan and correlate it with early development; (10) describe the basic human body plan in early development and embryogenesis; (11) discuss human body physiology and homeostasis; (12) describe cell membrane function and transport processes; (13) appreciate the importance of electrophysiology and sensory transduction; (14) define sensory processing and somatosensation; (15) understand basic muscle function and contractility; (16) discuss the physiology of the autonomic nervous system; and (17) discuss blood components and physiology.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) final examination and (2) in-semester tests. Further information is available in the unit outline.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Robert White
Unit rules
enrolment in the Medical Sciences (MEDSC) major, or Integrated Medical Sciences and Clinical Practice (IMSCP) major, or Vision Science Major (VISSC), or the Engineering Science (Biomedical Engineering) (ENGSC) major
Approved quota: 400—a place in the unit is determined on a first-come, first-served basis. Selection is based on time of enrolment with first places given to those who select this as a degree-specific major; second to those who select the major as a second major. Any remaining places are given to those students according to when they enrol until all places are filled.
Contact hours
lectures: 3 hours per week; practical sessions/labs: 12 hours per semester
  • 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.