BMS129 Physiological Sciences 1 (8)


This subject provides a foundation study of the human body using an integrated systems approach. The primary focus of this subject will be on the physiological processes underlying the function of each body system. After an introduction to anatomical terminology and cell biology, the emphasis of the course is on the physiology of the cutaneous, nervous, endocrine, skeletal and muscular systems.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
InternalOrange Campus
InternalWagga Wagga Campus
Distance*Wagga Wagga Campus
*This subject offering contains a residential school. Please view following information for further details.
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: BMS129
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Biomedical Sciences

Enrolment restrictions

Incompatible subject(s)
BMS123 BMS127 BMS128

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
be able to:
  • use anatomical and directional terminology appropriately;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the principle of physiological homeostasis;
  • recognise the main types of biological molecules;
  • identify various body systems and their role in normal function;
  • recognise and describe the structure and function of the various components of human cells;
  • explain the dynamics of membrane transport;
  • explain the mechanisms for cellular communication;
  • describe the function of each type of human tissue in the overall structure and functioning of body organs;
  • describe the principal structures and function of the nervous and endocrine systems, with particular reference to their role in integration and control of body function; and
  • describe the principal structural features, functions, and location of each component organ of the following body systems: cutaneous, skeletal and muscular systems.  


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Introductory concepts: terminology; homeostasis; key biological molcules
  • Cell structure and function, membrane dynamics and cellular communication
  • Basic histology: tissue types, locations and functions.
  • Cutaneous system: skin and associated structures.
  •  Nervous system: organisation and functional divisions; neuron structure, neuron physiology; synapses; neuromuscular function; functional anatomy of CNS with an emphasis of neural integration; receptors and processing of afferent information, special senses; autonomic nervous system and neural control systems.
  • Endocrine system: mechanisms of hormone action, control of hormone secretion; major endocrine glands and the regualtion & effects of their hormones.
  •  Skeletal system: bone tissue; physiology of bone growth and development; principal structures of the axial and appendicular skeleton; articulations.
  • Muscular system: gross anatomy, muscle tissue, physiology of skeletal and smooth contraction.

Residential School

This subject contains a compulsory 4 day residential school. Conduct all practical class activities, tutorials and mid-session exam


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.