Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitDepartment of Nutrition and Dietetics
OfferedNot offered in 2013
Coordinator(s)Dr Julia Choate


This unit provides the framework for an understanding of the functioning of whole organ systems and the whole body, as distinct from the functioning of individual cells acquired in first year of the degree. The specific topics to be covered include the function of gastrointestinal, renal, cardiovascular, respiratory and endocrine systems. The unit will be presented through the involvement of students in lectures, practical classes and assignments.


At completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. achieve knowledge and understanding of the functions and internal controls of the major body systems;

  1. integrate the specific knowledge gained through consideration of the major body systems into a logical appreciation of whole body physiology and the maintenance of homeostasis;

  1. relate the specific knowledge acquired in the unit to the content of the first year core units and the contemporaneous core unit BMS2011 Structure of the human body and BND2021 Nutritional Biochemistry;

  1. develop an appreciation of the variability inherent in biological systems through laboratory exercises;

  1. develop skills in locating appropriate resource materials using contemporary technologies and critical appraisal of those materials;

  1. demonstrate an ability to organise and work in groups towards a common goal, through appropriate laboratory tasks and assignments; and

  1. develop skills in written and oral communication through written reports and oral presentations by small groups.


Examination: 50%
Assignments: 10%
Continuous by reports and tests: 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

6 hours per week (lectures and practical)



Must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics