NATS 1029 Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 (WSTC)

Credit Points 10

Coordinator Virginia Shepherd Opens in new window

Description This is the first of two subjects covering systematic anatomy and physiology at an introductory level. This subjectis designed to provide students in applied health science programs with an overview of body systems and their functions to ensure a suitable basis for their future studies. The unit studies the basic concepts of biochemistry and histology, general anatomy and physiology of the major body systems including the central and peripheral nervous systems, integumentary system, musculoskeletal system (bones, muscles and joints), special senses and endocrine system. Emphasis will be placed on the interconnection and relationship between structure and function at every level of organisation.

School Science

Discipline Medical Science

Student Contribution Band

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Level Undergraduate Level 1 subject

Equivalent Subjects NATS 1009
NATS 1021
BIOS 1033

Incompatible Subjects BIOS 1024
BIOS 1018
NATS 1015
NATS 1012
NATS 1017


Students must be enrolled at The College in the courses:

6042 Diploma in Science/Bachelor of Medical Science
6043 Diploma in Science/Bachelor of Science
7120 Diploma in Science Extended – Medical Science
7122 Diploma in Science Extended - Science
7084 Diploma in Science – exit

Students enrolled in Extended courses must have passed 40 CPs of preparatory units before enrolling in this unit.

Students enrolled in Integrated courses must have passed or be enrolled in the preparatory units before enrolling in this unit.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify, describe and explain the basic form and function of specific anatomical structures
  2. Identify, describe and explain the physiological processes of major body systems
  3. Describe and explain the interrelationships within and between anatomical and physiological systems of the human body
  4. Describe and explain how body systems help to maintain a constant internal environment

Subject Content

Introductory anatomy and physiology of the following body systems:
- Musculoskeletal system (bones, muscles and joints)
- Integumentary system
- Central and peripheral nervous system
- Autonomic nervous system
- Special senses
- Endocrine system
Basic concepts of biological chemistry 
Cellular & tissue organisation of the body

Special Requirements

Essential equipment

Closed footwear and lab coats for practical sessions.


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Online quizzes x 2 (10% each) Up to 40 mins 20 N Individual
Practical 90-100 mins 25 N Individual
Intra-session Exam 90 mins 20 N Individual
End of Session Exam 2 hrs 35 N Individual

Prescribed Texts

Marieb, E.N. & Hoehn, K. (2013).  Human Anatomy and Physiology (9th ed). San Francisco: Benjamin Cummings/Pearson.

Teaching Periods

Term 3

Nirimba Education Precinct


Subject Contact Virginia Shepherd Opens in new window

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