BMS161 Health and the Human Body - Cells, Immunity, & Musculoskeletal (8)


This subject introduces students to the study of human body functions, beginning at the atomic level and building up to whole body systems. The focus is on cellular physiology, the integumentary & musculoskeletal systems, microbial pathogens, infection control, and immunity. In addition, students are introduced to cellular communication and therefore the endocrine and nervous systems. This information is discussed in the context of allied health professions, including physiotherapy, rehabilitation and podiatry.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
InternalAlbury-Wodonga Campus
InternalOrange Campus
Distance*Albury-Wodonga 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: BMS161
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 Community Health

Enrolment restrictions

Incompatible subject(s)
BMS126 BMS151

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:

Be able to:

Describe basic principles of chemistry related to biological function

Describe fundamental biochemical processes and their control

Describe the structure of human cells and the functions of major cellular organelles

Describe cellular transport

Describe the major human tissue types and their functions

Describe how cells communicate and co-operate, including a discussion of hormones and electrical signalling
Describe the major groups of pathogenic microbes (bacteria, fungi, protozoa, Helminths and viruses) and discuss their modes of transmission

Describe how the immune system helps protect the body from pathogens, including innate & adaptive immunity
Describe the methods used to prevent and manage infectious disease, including the fundamental infection control theories, practices, and procedures

Describe the anatomy, physiology, and role of the integumentary system

Describe the physiology of muscle contraction, and role of the muscular system

Describe the physiology and role of the skeletal system

Describe changes to the immune, integumentary and musculoskeletal systems with ageing.


The subject will cover the following topics:
Basic concepts in chemistry, biochemistry and metabolism

Basic laboratory skills

Introduction to human cells

Cellular transport

Cellular communication

Human tissues

Introduction to the immune system and immunity


Infection control

Integumentary system

Muscular system

Skeletal system

Residential School

This subject contains a compulsory 5 day residential school.

The residential school will provide students with an opportunity to develop their basic laboratory skills & aseptic technique. It also provides students with a unique opportunity to explore the major concepts of the subject in a supportive face-to-face learning environment. DE students will sit their mid-session exam at the residential school.


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.