SCI174 Current Topics in Health and Biosciences (8)

This subject explores health and bioscience through the lens of current and topical issues. Students investigate the factors affecting health from the molecular to the societal level, examine cells, the building blocks of living things and study the wonder of how different cells work together in functional systems. This subject provides students with experience in locating, evaluating and communicating health and bioscience information and develops scientific knowledge and skills especially in the areas of basic Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics. Further, the subject allows students to reflect on the interdependent relationship between human health and the wider world, both living and nonliving.


Session 1 (30)
Bathurst Campus
Session 2 (60)
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: SCI174. 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 Education

Enrolment Restrictions

Restricted to students enrolled in the Diploma of General Studies and the CSU Pathway Course.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to describe the factors affecting health at molecular, individual and societal levels, and explain how health data can be reported at each of these levels;
  • be able to explain the primary functions of cells, tissues and body systems in the context of maintaining health;
  • be able to locate and evaluate sources of information to create a presentation that effectively communicates health and bioscience information to a target audience;
  • be able to analyse and interpret simple health data portrayed in varying contexts; and
  • be able to apply knowledge of cells, tissues and body systems in the context of a working human body.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Introduction to health and the reporting of health issues:
  • -Factors affecting health at molecular, individual and societal levels
  • -Health literacy (including basic applied mathematics and statistics)
  • Structure and function of cells in the human body:
  • -Primary structure and function of cells
  • -Simple biochemical processes
  • Functional Systems in the context of maintaining a healthy human body:
  • -Movement
  • -Gas exchange and excretion
  • -Metabolism and energy production
  • -Integration and control
  • -Reproduction and genetics

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of SCI174 in Session 2 2021. 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 %
Survey and discussion
Communicating a health message effectively
Final exam

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2022. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.