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Human Physiology and the Lifecycle (6532.6)

Level: Level 3 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 2, 4
Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology
Discipline: Academic Program Area - Science


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This unit provides an in-depth study of the anatomical and physiological changes that occur throughout the human lifecycle from conception to old age. Body systems are studied separately, however, students are expected to integrate this material. By the end of the unit students should have a holistic understanding of the dynamic nature of anatomical and physiological changes that occur throughout the lifecycle. The implications of these changes will be explored. This unit is essential for students wanting to extend their understanding of normal physiology before going on to look at disease processes and clinical situations. This unit is co-taught with Human Physiology and the Lifecycle G, 6484.

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Integrate systemic changes that occur in normal physiology and anatomy across the lifecycle;

2. Evaluate the implications of these changes;

3. Synthesise and apply this knowledge to real situations;

4. Communicate their views effectively;

5. Support their arguments with recent scientific literature; and

6. Identify, critically analyse, interpret, debate and/or role play issues raised in the unit.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

One two-hour lecture and one two-hour tutorial per week.


6529 Systemic Anatomy and Physiology and 9808 Regional Anatomy and Physiology.



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