AHS101 Integumentary System

Unit Description

AHS101 Integumentary System, introduces students to the complexity of the ‘integumentary system’, the skin and related appendages. Various barriers that the skin provides will be discussed as will various lesions. Homeostasis, hormones and epidermopoiesis will be explored. This is a fundamental unit that so many others will refer to and reflect on.


There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe the functions and major anatomical components of the integumentary system
  2. Define the histology and anatomy of hair, skin and nails
  3. Express the physiology of the skin, hair and nails, including function of the associated glands and proteins
  4. Describe the role of the somatosensory system
  5. Communicate the process of cellular turnover of the skin
  6. Articulate the ageing process of the skin and associated measures to limit or reduce the signs
  7. Discuss the effects of hormones on the skin

Graduate Attributes (GA)

In addition to the unit-specific learning outcomes listed above, the following graduate attributes are taught, developed and assessed in varying degrees within this unit:

  • Knowledge of applied health science theory and practice
  • Knowledge of the social, cultural, global and environmental responsibilities within healthcare delivery systems
  • The ability to communicate effectively with clients, peers and the wider community
  • The ability to demonstrate in-depth competence in their area(s) of specialisation
  • The ability to formulate and apply therapeutic interventions in their area(s) of specialisation
  • The capacity to lead, manage and/or work effectively with multi-disciplinary and culturally diverse teams
  • Awareness of professional and ethical responsibilities and a commitment to ongoing professional development and life-long learning.
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