BIOL 1049


Course Level


Offered Externally


Course ID


Unit Value


University-wide elective course

Course owner

Course owner
UniSA Clinical & Health Sciences

Course aim

To introduce basic cell biology and how it relates to fundamental physiological principles and systems.

Course content

Cell biology: principles of homeostasis including feedback loops, basic cell structure and organelle function, transport mechanisms which facilitate the movement of material into and out of cells; protein synthesis, cell division. Tissues and membranes: identification of the major tissues, classification of epithelia and how this relates to function, structure and function of connective tissues, formation and role of membranes. Neural communication: composition and function of neural tissue, resting membrane potential, formation and propagation of nerve signals. Muscle physiology: structure and function of the major muscle types, muscle contraction and control. Skeletal system: function and control of the system, bone formation and its dynamic nature, bone fracture and healing. Blood and cardiovascular system: composition and function of blood, haemostasis, circulatory system, blood pressure, cardiac cycle and regulation. Respiratory system: Structure and function, gas exchange, gas transport, control of respiration. Digestive system: structure and function of the major organs of the digestive system, mechanisms of digestion and absorption of nutrients and their regulation. Research project: learn how to measure basic physiological parameters, the development of research skills, establish an ability to work collaboratively.


Martini, F.H., Nath, J.L., Bartholomew E.F, Fundamentals of Anatomy & Physiology , Current Edition, Pearson





Teaching method

Component Duration
Online 3 x 1 hour x 13 weeks
Workshop 2 hours x 13 weeks
Seminar 1 hour x 13 weeks

Note: These components may or may not be scheduled in every study period. Please refer to the timetable for further details.


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EFTSL*: 0.125
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Course Coordinators

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