BMS192 Human Bioscience 2 (8)


This subject continues the study of normal structure and function of the human body which was commenced in BMS191 Human Bioscience 1. This subject focuses on the structure and function of the endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, urinary, digestive and reproductive systems.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
Online*Orange Campus
Session 2
Online*Bathurst Campus
On CampusAlbury-Wodonga Campus
On CampusBathurst Campus
On CampusDubbo Campus
On CampusHolmesglen
On CampusPort Macquarie
On CampusWagga Wagga Campus
Session 3
OnlineBathurst 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: BMS192
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

Prerequisite(s)Incompatible subject(s)
BMS191BMS101 BMS102 BMS121 BMS122 BMS221 BMS222 BMS231 BMS232

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
be able to:
* describe the structure and function of the endocrine system
* demonstrate understanding of homeostasis and the role of the endocrine system
* describe the structure and function of the cardiovascular system
* describe the function of the major constituents of blood
* demonstrate understanding of key events in the control of blood fluidity
* demonstrate understanding of the cardiac cycle
* demonstrate understanding of circulation
* demonstrate understanding of foetal circulation and the changes that occur at birth
* demonstrate understanding of blood pressure and its control
* describe the structure and function of the lymphatic system
* describe the structure and function of the respiratory system
* demonstrate understanding of the mechanics and control of breathing
* demonstrate understanding of alveolar gas exchange, blood gas transport, and cellular gas exchange
* describe the structure and function of the gastrointestinal tract, liver, gallbladder and pancreas
* demonstrate understanding of the nutritional roles of major nutrients (carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, vitamins and minerals)
* demonstrate understanding of the chemical and mechanical events that occur during digestion, absorption, metabolism and elimination
* describe the structure and function of the urinary system
* demonstrate understanding of processes that maintain fluid, electrolyte and acid-base balance
* describe the structure and function of the male and female reproductive systems
* demonstrate understanding of processes associated with reproduction including fertilisation, foetal development, pregnancy, parturition and lactation
* demonstrate understanding of the major types of inheritance (dominant-recessive, incomplete dominance, multiple-allele inheritance, sex-linked and polygene inheritance)


The subject will cover the following topics:
* Structure and function of the endocrine system
* Hormones
* Integration of nervous and endocrine systems in the maintenance of homeostasis
* Constituents of blood
* Control of blood fluidity
* Structure of the heart
* Characteristics of cardiac muscle
* Cardiac cycle
* Structure of blood vessels
* Circulation
* Blood pressure and its control

* Structure of lymphatic vessels, nodes and nodules
* Functions of the lymphatic system

* Structure of the respiratory system
* Mechanics of breathing
* Control of breathing
* Alveolar gaseous exchange
* Blood gas transport
* Cellular gas exchange

* Structure of the gastrointestinal tract
* Structure of the liver, gallbladder and pancreas
* Nutritional roles of the major nutrients
* Digestion
* Absorption
* Metabolism
* Elimination

* Structure of the urinary system
* Urine production
* Characteristics of urine
* Micturition
* Regulation of fluid, electrolyte and acid-base balance by the kidneys

* Structure of the male and female reproductive systems
* Gametogenesis & meiosis
* Fertilisation
* Foetal development
* Pregnancy
* Parturition
* Lactation
* Inheritance

Residential School

This subject contains a compulsory 3 day residential school. The purpose of this residential school is to provide face-to-face presentation of major scientific concepts to enhance student understanding.


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.