BMSC11007 - Medical Anatomy and Physiology 1

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit, you will study the gross anatomy and physiology of the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, lymphatic, digestive, respiratory, nervous, endocrine, urinary, and reproductive human body systems. You will apply this knowledge in laboratory sessions using anatomical models and plastinates through a series of practical exercises. You will study homeostatic mechanisms and physiological responses in the human body. In addition, you will gain an appreciation of the integrative nature of anatomy and physiology of the human body with special emphasis on the study of the pelvic region and the lower limbs.


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

This unit is for students from these courses only: CB66 - Bachelor of Health Science (Allied Health), CB84 - Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours), CB85 - Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours), CB86 - Bachelor of Podiatry (Honours), CB87 - Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours), CM17 Bachelor of Medical Science (Pathway to Medicine), CG93 Bachelor of Medical Sciences (Clinical Physiology)

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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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2023

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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 Quiz(zes) 50%
2. Practical Assessment 50%

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

Past Exams

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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 46.51% 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: Student feedback
Students appreciated recorded tutorial and practical videos.
Videos were recorded to provide equity among all cohort of students. These recorded videos will be used as a resource for additional offerings.
Action Taken
All student cohorts had access to videos of practical and tutorial sessions to allow for equity between different cohorts
Source: Self reflection and peer review
Provision of photographs of anatomical models as a useful learning resource for online teaching.
Photographs of anatomical models will continue to be available to students as an additional learning resource in face to face delivery.
Action Taken
Photographs were used as an additional study resource in the unit
Source: Student feedback
The hands-on practical sessions following the weekly lectures assisted in building an understanding of anatomy and physiology
Continue delivery of content using practical sessions
Action Taken
Source: Student feedback
Resources including slides and videos of lectures, tutorials and photographs of the models were useful.
Continue to provide resources for student engagement and learning
Action Taken
Source: Self reflection and student feedback
Rest stations during practical assessment were helpful
Rest stations will continue to be included in the practical assessment but it will become a rest break where all students have a common rest period equivalent to the time spent at an individual practical station.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify the gross anatomical structures of the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, lymphatic, digestive, respiratory, nervous, endocrine, urinary, and reproductive systems of the human body
  2. Describe the physiological mechanisms of the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, lymphatic, digestive, respiratory, nervous, endocrine, urinary, and reproductive systems of the human body
  3. Explain homeostatic mechanisms and their essential role in physiological responses in the human body
  4. Describe the anatomical features of the human body focusing on musculoskeletal and neurovascular structures of the pelvis, perineum, and lower limbs
  5. Explain the anatomical and physiological relationships of the human body focusing on the pelvis, perineum, and lower limbs.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
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1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Practical Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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