SSS025 Introduction To Bioscience (6)

The aim of this subject is to provide students with foundation material relevant to studies in human bioscience. The subject covers the language of biosciences, an introduction to clinically relevant mathematics, physics and chemistry, and an introduction to the human body.


Term 1 (75)
Orange Campus
Term 2 (15)
Orange Campus
Term 3 (45)
Orange Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: SSS025. 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


Division of Student Services

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Be able to correctly use common medical and anatomical terminology
  • Be able to explain basic chemical concepts and perform mathematical calculations relevant to bioscience
  • Be able to explain the primary structures and function of the body systems


This subject will cover the following topics:

* Review of basic mathematical principles relevant to biomedical sciences
(e.g. measurement dimensions, unit conversions, metric system, scientific
notation, interpreting data tables and graphs)
* Foundations of chemistry including elements and atoms, ion formation,
molecule formation and bonding principles, chemical reactions,
bioenergetics, types and characteristics of molecules including organic
and inorganic compounds
* Introduction to physics covering concepts of force, pressure, flow ,
resistance, elastance and compliance
* Structure and function of cells and their organisation into tissues,
organs and organ systems
* Primary structure and function of each of the body systems and associated

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of SSS025 in Term 3 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Module tests

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.