BIOH11005 - Introductory Anatomy and Physiology

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Introductory Anatomy and Physiology is a foundation unit that provides an introduction to the structure and function of the human body. On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to identify and describe the basic anatomy of the major organs of the body and discuss the function of each organ system in general terms. Students will understand basic chemical concepts that relate to living organisms and will be able to explain the general features of cells, tissues and organs. Students will also be able to explain the role and general features of homeostasis in the body.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2024

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 1 - 2024

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Test 40%
2. Online Test 60%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.3 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 25.83% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Have your say feedback
The students commented the tutorials were engaging and highly relevant to their professions.
Continue the use of engaging tutorials with the focus on the student's future professions.
Action Taken
The tutorial format was further refined to enhance the focus on the aspects of the students learning that are particularly relevant to their future professions.
Source: Student feedback
Students found the extra resources such as the practice online quizzes, revision worksheets and tutorials improved their retention of the content.
These resources will be maintained. Question and answer tutorials will be modified to include more case study based questions and discussion topics to increase their relevance to students.
Action Taken
Source: Student feedback and self-reflection
Students found having a mid-term that covered the content from weeks 1-5 and an end of term assessment that covered the material from weeks 6-12 beneficial as it assisted their study by breaking the term into more manageable chunks.
The assessment format will be maintained in it's current form.
Action Taken
Source: Student feedback
The PASS program assisted student learning and provides a social study environment for students studying by distance.
The Peer Assisted Study Sessions will continue to be used
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Describe the structural levels of organisation of the human body and the relationship that exists between them
  2. Explain the principles of homeostasis in maintaining a stable internal environment
  3. Describe the organisation, structure and function of cells, principal tissues and organs of the major body systems
  4. Correctly use anatomical terminology and be able to name and describe anatomical structures and their functions.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
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1 - Online Test
2 - Online Test
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
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1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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