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BIO1206 Human Anatomy and Physiology 2

Semester 2, 2021 Ipswich On-campus
Short Description: Human Anatomy & Physiology 2
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Health and Wellbeing
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 010913 - Human Biology
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Louisa Windus


Pre-requisite: BIO1203

Other Requisites

The laboratory component of this course will be at the Springfield Campus for Ipswich ONC and EXT offering


This course builds on relevant knowledge developed from BIO1203 Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 that provided an introduction to the structure and function of human cells, tissues and organ systems. BIO1206 Human Anatomy and Physiology 2 will provide novel, cutting edge physiological knowledge that will be complemented with practical activities. These will offer students experiences with experimental techniques used in modern physiology and will help them to put theory into practice. The knowledge gained from this course provides a foundation for further study in a number of health related discipline areas.


An organ systems approach is used in this course to study anatomy and physiology and to explain how this relates to health and common pathologies and their pharmacological treatments in the context of disease, trauma and exercise. This course provides further, in depth information from six topics that were undertaken in BIO1203 Human Anatomy and Physiology 1. The topics covered in BIO1206 Human Anatomy and Physiology 2 include cell physiology and the muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory, nervous and endocrine systems. These topics will be reviewed and extended to topics on cutting edge and current research.

This course contains a mandatory residential school for external students and mandatory on-campus laboratories or practical classes for on-campus students.


On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Describe the structural and operational processes of anatomical structures and their inter-relationships and how these relate to health, disease, trauma and exercise.
  2. Apply anatomical terms to describe position, movement, body direction, regions, body planes or sections.
  3. Identify anatomical landmarks and musculoskeletal structures from surface anatomy.
  4. Describe the physiological functions of human cells in signal transduction, regulation of gene expression, transport, excitability, transmission and homeostasis.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the structure and physiological function of the various organ systems (both individually and collectively).
  6. Measure basic physiological parameters, perform basic analyses, and interpret the data, taking into account the limitations of the methodology on the conclusions that can be drawn.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Cell signalling 20.00
2. Nervous system 15.00
3. Endocrine system 15.00
4. Musculoskeletal system 20.00
5. Cardiovascular system 15.00
6. Respiratory system 15.00

Text and Materials

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Marieb, EN & Hoehn, K 2018, Human anatomy and physiology, 11th edn, Pearson, Boston.
(ISBN 10: 0-321-79917-8; ISBN 13: 978-0-321-79917-3 Pack includes, textbook, Interactive Physiology 10-System Suite, A Brief Atlas to the Human Body 2nd edn.)

Reference Materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Drake, RL, Vogl, AW & Mitchell, AWM 2020, Gray's anatomy for students, 4th edn, Elsevier, Philadelphia, PA.
Hall JE 2020, Guyton and Hall Textbook of Medical Physiology, 14th edn, Saunders/Elsevier, Philadelphia PA.
(This textbook is freely available online through the Library for students with their USQ Connect username and password.)
Hutchinson, M, Mallatt, J, Marieb, EN & Wilhelm, PB 2014, A brief atlas of the human body, 2nd edn, Pearson Benjamin Cummings, San Francisco, CA.
Ritter, JM, Flower, R; Henderson, G, Loke, YK; MacEwan, D, Rang, HP 2019, Rang and Dale's Pharmacology, 9th edn, Elsevier Health Sciences, Sydney.
(This textbook is freely available online through the Library for students with their USQ Connect username and password!/browse/book/3-s2.0-C2016004202X.)
Silverthorn, DU 2018, Human Physiology, an integrated approach, 8th edn, Pearson, Boston.
Strandring, S 2016, Gray's Anatomy, 41st edn, Elsevier Limited.
(This e-text is available online free through the Library using USQ connect username and password.)

Student Workload Expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 40.00
Laboratory or Practical Classes 18.00
Lectures 26.00
Private Study 79.00

Assessment Details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Objectives Assessed Notes
Laboratory Activities 9 9 13 Jul 2021 1,2,3,4,5,6 (see note 1)
Assessment 1 (Online Quiz) 20 20 07 Aug 2021 1,2,3,4,5
Assessment 2 (Online Quiz) 20 20 04 Sep 2021 1,2,3,4,5
Online Practical Assessment 40 20 08 Oct 2021 1,2,3,4,5,6
Res School/Lab Attendance 1 1 22 Oct 2021 (see note 2)
Open Examination - Online 60 30 End S2 1,2,3,4,5,6 (see note 3)

  1. Students to satisfactorily complete laboratory activities. The Examiner will advise due dates at the start of semester. External students will undertake this assessment during the residential school. The dates and location of the highly recommended residential school are available from the Residential School Timetable (
  2. On-campus students must attend at least 5 of the 6 laboratory classes. External students must attend at least 5 of the 6 sessions in their timetabled residential school.
  3. This will be an online exam. Students will be provided further instruction regarding the exam by their course examiner via StudyDesk. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the Alternate Assessment Schedule has been released.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    External students must attend the mandatory residential school and on-campus students must attend the mandatory on-campus laboratories or practical classes. It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks. Refer to Statement 4 below for the requirements to receive a passing grade in this course.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course (i.e. the Primary Hurdle), attended at least 5 of the 6 residential school sessions or laboratory classes (Proficiency Hurdle), and have satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), i.e. the end of semester examination by achieving at least 40% of the weighted marks available for that assessment item.

    Supplementary assessment may be offered where a student has undertaken all of the required summative assessment items and has passed the Primary Hurdle but failed to satisfy the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised), or has satisfied the Secondary Hurdle (Supervised) but failed to achieve a passing Final Grade by 5% or less of the total weighted Marks.

    To be awarded a passing grade for a supplementary assessment item (if applicable), a student must achieve at least 50% of the available marks for the supplementary assessment item as per the Assessment Procedure (point 4.4.2).

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    An Online Examination is one in which candidates may have access to any printed, written, or online material as well as a calculator.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Deferred and Supplementary examinations will be held in accordance with the Assessment Procedure

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment Notes

  1. Students should be aware that the originality of any submitted assignment or online assessment will be checked by the USQ service, "Turnitin". Additional details will be provided on StudyDesk and with the assignment requirements.

  2. Academic integrity is to be maintained for all assessment submissions. This precludes the resubmission of part or whole of a previous assessment piece for two different assignments (self-plagiarism).

  3. As part of the mandatory residential school, students may be expected to complete a combination of laboratories, practical classes and assessment as advised by the course examiner.

Evaluation and Benchmarking

In meeting the University’s aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways. This course:

  1. Conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement.
  2. Forms part of the Bachelor of Sport and Exercise program and is benchmarked against the:
a) internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review.

b) professional accreditation standards of Exercise and Sports Science Australia (ESSA).

Other Requirements

  1. Computer, e-mail and Internet access:
    Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at

  2. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in this course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect the same grades as those students who do possess them.

  3. In order to attend laboratory classes, students must provide and wear appropriate personal protective equipment. This shall include a laboratory coat, closed in shoes and safety glasses. Such equipment must be approved by supervising staff. Failure to provide and wear the appropriate safety equipment will result in students being excluded from classes.

  4. For Ipswich students the laboratory components will be scheduled at the Springfield Campus.

  5. Residential schools will be scheduled at Springfield and/or Toowoomba campuses

Date printed 8 November 2021