BMS133 Anatomy and Physiology 1 (6)

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 subject is on the physiology of the nervous, endocrine, skeletal and muscular systems.


Micro Session 2 (32)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: BMS133. 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

Subject Relationships

BMS129 BMS133 is equivalent to BMS129 without the laboratory Practicals

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to identify and define anatomical and physiological concepts using discipline specific terminology and illustrations;
  • be able to identify and describe the principal structures, features, functions, and location of the nervous, endocrine, skeletal, and muscular systems; and
  • be able to apply and interpret anatomical and physiological concepts and how they support the normal functioning of the body.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • INTRODUCTORY CONCEPTS: terminology; homeostasis; key biological molecules;
  • CELL STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION: membrane dynamics and cellular communication;
  • BASIC HISTOLOGY: tissue types, locations and functions;
  • NERVOUS STYSTEM: organisation and functional divisions; neuron structure, neuron physiology; synapses; neuromuscular function; functional anatomy of CNS with an emphasis on 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 regulation and effects of their hormones;
  • SKELETAL SYSTEM: bone tissue; physiology of bone growth and development; principal structures of the axial and appendicular skeleton; articulations; and
  • MUSCULAR SYSTEM: gross anatomy, muscle tissue, physiology of skeletal and smooth muscle contraction.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.