BMS191 Human Bioscience 1 (8)

This subject begins the study of human bioscience. Relevant chemistry, physics and microbiology are introduced before beginning the study of normal structure and function of the human body. This subject focuses on the structure and function of the integumentary, musculoskeletal, and nervous systems.

Subject Outlines
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* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.

Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Bathurst Campus
Dubbo Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Online *
Bathurst Campus
Session 2 (60)
Online *
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: BMS191. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Biomedical Sciences

Incompatible Subjects

BMS101, BMS102, BMS121, BMS122, BMS221, BMS222, BMS231, BMS232

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to describe the nature and properties of matter
  • recognise simple chemical formulae and equations
  • recognise some important classes of chemical functional groups
  • describe the structure of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and nucleic acids
  • describe common applications of mechanical force, heat, electricity, fluids and radiation to health care
  • demonstrate understanding of the basic principles of microbiology
  • describe the human body using appropriate anatomical terminology
  • define homeostasis
  • describe processes that maintain homeostasis
  • describe the structure of the cell
  • describe the function of major cellular constituents
  • differentiate between the four tissue types (epithelial, connective, muscular and nervous) on the basis of structure, function and location
  • describe the body cavities and associated membranes
  • describe the structure and function of the integumentary system
  • demonstrate understanding of the role the integument plays in protection, sensation, fluid balance, temperature regulation, vitamin production and immunity
  • describe the structure and function of the skeletal system
  • demonstrate understanding of the process of bone growth
  • describe the structure and function of the muscular system
  • differentiate between the three major muscle types (skeletal, smooth, cardiac)
  • identify major skeletal muscles
  • demonstrate understanding of muscle contraction
  • describe the structure and function of the nervous system (central, peripheral, autonomic, special senses)
  • demonstrate understanding of neurotransmission and neurointegration


This subject will cover the following topics:

PHYSICAL SCIENCES * Elements and atoms * Molecules and compounds * Electrolytes * Acids and bases * Buffers * Carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and nucleic acids * Mechanical forces * Heat * Fluids * Electricity * Radiation MICROBIOLOGY * Major classes of microorganisms * Control of microbial growth * Control of the spread of infections HUMAN BODY * Anatomical terminology * Cell structure and function * Plasma membrane and transmembane transport * Function of cell organelles * Genetic material (DNA & RNA) and cell division * Homeostasis and associated processes * Body tissues * Body cavities and associated membranes INTEGUMENTARY SYSTEM * Structure and function of the skin and accessory structures SKELETAL SYSTEM * Structure and function of the skeleton * Bone growth MUSCULAR SYSTEM * Structure and function of the muscular system * Major muscle types * Major skeletal muscles of the body * Muscle contraction NERVOUS SYSTEM * Structure and function of the nervous system (central, peripheral, autonomic, special senses) * Neurotransmission & neurointegration

Residential School

This subject contains a 4 day Compulsory Residential School.The purpose of this residential school is to provide face-to-face presentation of major scientific concepts to enhance student understanding.


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.