BMS161 Health and the Human body: cells, immunity and musculoskeletal system (8)


This is an introductory subject which will familiarise students with the foundational concepts of chemistry and biology as they relate to physiology. The subject begins by introducing physiology at a molecular level and continues through cells, tissues and some organ systems, including skeletal and integumentary systems. There is a focus on basic microbiology as it pertains to infection and control of cross infection. Students apply their knowledge of cellular communication to neurophysiology, endocrine and immune systems as a preparation for further studies in pathophysiology, as they prepare for their future careers as allied health professionals.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
Online*Albury-Wodonga Campus
On CampusAlbury-Wodonga Campus
On CampusOrange Campus
On CampusPort Macquarie
*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

Assumed Knowledge


Enrolment restrictions

Incompatible subject(s)
BMS126 BMS151

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to describe how cells function and communicate to become the fundamental building blocks of living organisms;
  • be able to describe the organisation of cells into tissues;
  • be able to explain the relevance of microbiology, immunology and control of cross infection for allied health professionals;
  • be able to describe the structure and function of skin, muscle and bone at a foundational level as it relates to pathophysiology; and
  • be able to apply knowledge of cellular communication to inform a foundational understanding of the neurophysiological, endocrine and immune systems.
  • be able to demonstrate foundational skills in laboratory methods


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
  • Microbiology
  • Infection control
  • Integumentary system
  • Muscular system
  • Skeletal system

Residential School

This subject contains a compulsory 5 day residential school.

BMS161 is an introduction to human physiology requiring students to develop practical laboratory skills and depends on laboratory experiments as a key pedagogical strategy for developing conceptual understanding. At this stage, the online alternatives cannot provide an adequate simulation for all of these experiments, hence the need to undertake laboratory activities. In addition, an understanding of the principles of infection control are included because of the importance of microbiology to health science students and relevant microbiology simulations are currently unavailable. The internal practical classes that the residential school replicates are compulsory for the same reasons. The residential school also comprises opportunies for staff-student consultations; individual tuition and the mid-session examination.


The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 19 March 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.