HBS102 Human Structure and Function 2

Unit Description

HBS102 Human Structure and Function 2 considers the maintenance of body homeostasis through an investigation of the cardiovascular, respiratory, renal and gastrointestinal systems. We will investigate electrical and mechanical functions of the heart, its interaction with the blood vessels, the hormones and the autonomic nervous system that control heart function.

Next, we study the role of the renal system in the control of the chemical composition of the body, water balance and body fluid volume.

Finally, the gastrointestinal system and its structure and functions.


There are no prerequisites for this unit, although this follows from HBS 101 Human Structure and Function 1.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe the key functions of homeostatic balance in the human body
  2. Describe the function of the cardiovascular system in blood pressure maintenance
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the physiological requirements for achieving and maintaining various homeostatic parameters using the cardiovascular, respiratory and renal systems
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of and articulate the biochemical interactions and mechanisms of fluid balance
  5. Describe the structural and functional components of the renal and gastrointestinal systems
  6. Demonstrate and understanding of drug bio-distribution in the body
  7. Review, comprehend and evaluate new information from the scientific literature and communicate an understanding of this in both written and oral form


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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