Human biosciences

Prerequisites: Students need to have completed or be concurrently enrolled in VCE Units 3 and 4 Biology or VCE Units 3 and 4 Physical Education

Semester 1

Human Biosciences A

An introduced to the anatomical organisation of the body, the basics of cell structure and function, and the major tissue types.

The fundamentals of the nervous and endocrine systems will then be explored in the context of mechanisms of physiological control. This information will provide the foundation for the study of the major organ systems of the body which includes the respiratory, cardiovascular, renal, digestive and reproductive systems, as well as regulation of acid-base balance. The subject will conclude with the basics of nutrition and metabolism.


Introduction to the Human Body; Cell Structure and Function; Movement of Molecules; Nervous System; Homeostasis and the Endocrine System; The Heart; Cardiovascular System; Respiratory System; Digestive System and Metabolism; Renal System; Reproductive System; Acid-Base balance.

Duration: weekly

  • 2 hour workshop on campus
  • online classes/activities
  • 1 hour Q & A sessions (optional – scheduled throughout the Semester)
  • 2 hour lecture/seminars across the semester (available online)

Semester 2

Human Biosciences B

An introduction to the study of anatomy.

In this subject, students are introduced to the study of anatomy. An overview of anatomical terminology, basic tissues types and a variety of techniques used to visualize the human body will be given followed by a more detailed study of the anatomy of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. Anatomical principles and terminology are applied to the relevant body systems and the concept of the integrated function of multiple systems in one body region will be introduced through the study of the trunk.


Body Tissues and Layers; Medical imagining; Skeletal System; Joints; Skeletal Muscle and Movements; Musculoskeletal system of Back and trunk; Nervous System; Central Nervous System Development and Function; Peripheral Nervous System; Anatomy of the Autonomic Nervous System; Special Senses; Thoracic cavity and Membranes; Thoracic organs and vessels; Abdominopelvic cavity and membranes; Abdominopelvic organs and vessels; Integumentary System – Skin.

Duration: weekly

  • 2 hour workshop on campus
  • online activities
  • fortnightly 1 hour Q & A session (optional)
  • Three lectures during semester (available online)