HBS101 Human Structure and Function 1

Unit Description

This entry level unit introduces students to the wonders of the structure and function of the human body and acts as a prerequisite to further study in Clinical Aesthetics. The units begin with an overall introduction of the major body systems before studying the fundamentals of biochemistry that govern how body components (atoms, molecules, macromolecules) can be arranged to form functional cells, tissues and organ systems.

The unit will examine in detail the structure and function of the communication systems, such as the nervous system, the musculoskeletal system, endocrine system reproductive and the immune systems.


There are no prerequisites for this unit.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit the student will be able to:

  1. Describe homeostasis and the role of the homeostatic mechanism in maintaining the body’s function
  2. Identify and explain the fundamental biochemical properties of macromolecules of the body composition
  3. Identify and relate cellular and tissue structure and function
  4. Describe the role of the central and peripheral nervous system in controlling major body systems
  5. Recall the process of muscle contraction and distinguish between skeletal, cardiac and smooth muscle function
  6. List the major hormones and their function in the human body and describe their role in human reproductive cycles
  7. Define the various strategies the body employs against pathogenic invasion
  8. Describe human reproduction

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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