Enrolment closes:  5 February 2024


30 study hours


Online/On-campus (Intensive 4 full days) or Online (part-time over 8 days)




Full course: $350


City East Campus

North Terrace, Adelaide

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Course Overview

This 30-hour short course is designed to prepare commencing first year students with the science knowledge and study skills needed for any health-related degrees at UniSA.

  • Clinical Exercise Physiology
  • Exercise and Sports Science
  • Health Science
  • Human Movement
  • Laboratory Medicine
  • Medical Radiation Science
  • Biomedical Science
  • Midwifery
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition and Food Sciences
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Pharmacy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Podiatry
  • Speech Pathology

Whether you are studying nursing or human movement, physiotherapy or biomedical science, this course aims to refresh the science knowledge you’ll need to get you started for first year, along with tips and tricks on how to study at university and navigate “uni life”.

The format of the short course includes a series of lectures and activities to introduce basic scientific concepts that will feature in your degree. Topics covered in the course include:

  • Study/academic skills and advice on academic writing
  • Essential human anatomy and physiological concepts: relevant biology / chemistry / physics that underpins your courses
  • Introduction to medical / anatomical / scientific terminology
  • Human body organisation
  • Body systems, how they work and interact with each other
  • Essential physiological concepts including homeostasis
  • Basics of human anatomy.
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Why the ScienceReady short course?

This short course is designed to ensure there is a smooth transition to university studies, refreshing you on basic scientific knowledge needed to be successful in your chosen undergraduate health program. You will:

Individual benefits

  • Learn important assumed and foundational knowledge to undertake your health degree
  • Be introduced to Moodle (UniSA's online learning management system)
  • Gain confidence in approaching science subjects
  • Experience lectures and laboratory activities
  • Learn about online tutorials called virtual classrooms
  • Meet fellow students (either virtually or in-person) with similar interests/background prior to beginning your program
  • Experience uni life and become familiar with the University and its facilities.


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Study options

Online study options designed to provide flexibility for students.

Option 1 or 2 can be selected using the registration form below.

Option 1:
4-day intensive short course
(Online and On-Campus)

Live interactive zoom/in-person lectures and in-person Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory activities. All online sessions will be recorded
Date: 8-9 February and 12-13 February 2024
Time: 9.30am – 4.00pm
Contact hours: Approximately 30 hours

8-9 February will be delivered online the whole day.
12 February will be delivered online in the morning and lectures will be delivered on-campus in the Human Anatomy lab in the afternoon.
13 February - will be delivered on-campus the whole day in the Anatomy, Physiology, Biosciences and Pathology labs.

Learn online and on-campus with live interactive lectures and workshops across the four days.

You can interact with your peers, teaching staff and Student Advisors during the lectures and workshops.

This option is best if you want to interact with various teaching staff and peers both online and on-campus and complete the course in real time over four full days.

For more information about this option, please contact Dr. Jyothi Thalluri.

The timetable can be found here.


Option 2:
Flexible learning over 8 days short course

Date: 8-15 February 2024
Time: Various
Contact hours: Approximately 30 hours

8-15 February will be delivered online. Study at your own pace.
12-15 February will also include optional online live tutorial classes.*
Online teacher support will be available daily from 9am until late, including weekends.
*All live online tutorial classes will be recorded

Learn through recorded interactive lectures and live online tutorials. You can interact online with your peers via online discussion forums and online tutorials. 

Included in cost of the online short course is an optional academic writing practice module.

This option is best if you are unsure about your availability and would like flexible online study at your own pace. Much of this course was designed for students who are studying in fully external mode but will suit all student needs, regardless of your mode of enrolment.

If you are not able to join any live sessions, the recordings will be made available for registered students.

For more information about this option, please contact Dr Jackie O'Flaherty.

The timetable can be found here.

How to register

Fill in the registration form and arrange payment for the short course before 5 February 2024

Register now

What others are saying

“The breakdown of Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology is fantastic and very reassuring heading into Human Body 1. I found the Virtual Classroom amazingly helpful as it helps you to see other students take part and that you are learning at the same pace. Worth every dollar.” – Carla Robinson, Bachelor of Nursing, internal

“I feel more confident going into my first year with no prior science background and with being out of high school for 20 years. I enjoyed meeting some other people who will be studying health sciences. I appreciated meeting some of the program staff that will be delivering the training during our time at Uni, I came away feeling excited to get started.” –Valeska Henschke, Bachelor of Occupational Therapy

“I would highly recommend the online course! I feel I have a strong foundation on which to start my studies and academic writing, as many of my anxieties have been eased by taking part in this course.” – Kate Cardone, Bachelor of Midwifery, internal


“I did not study very much biology in high school and while I did chemistry and physics up to year 12, I did not feel very confident in starting a medical orientated course without this biology background. I also really valued the session on medical terms. Having some prefixes, roots and suffixes explained really helped me understand the names of many body parts and I noticed today while working in the anatomy lab that I am beginning to remember more and more.  Again, thank you so much for the time and effort you put into this course. I really appreciated it!” – Stephanie Trinkle, Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Medical Imaging)

“I found this an excellent workshop to do before starting the Degree in Nursing. I would recommend this to anyone starting nursing. Plenty of help by the facilitator and a very supportive environment. Gained a much needed insight into the structure of the UniSA website and how to work my way around before the nursing course opens.” – Tim Henderson, Bachelor of Nursing, external

“I was highly impressed with the virtual classrooms as it felt just like you were sitting in the lecture and was very user friendly! Highly recommend!” – Kate McDonald, Bachelor of Nursing

“It was great revision for my year 12 chemistry and biology but it was also great to receive extended knowledge on these areas including the topics of body systems and what they do. Also new knowledge was soaked in about human physiology that I hadn't come across and gave a good insight. This course made me more excited about my studies to come. Thank you to all the tutors that gave their time.” – Samantha Rowley, Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Medical Imaging)


Additional information

Cancellation Policy

The University of South Australia reserves the right to cancel events and issue refunds.  In the event that an attendee cannot attend, a substitute is welcome to attend in their place.  No refunds will be given unless 21 days notice is given in writing prior to the date of the planned event. If less than 21 days the fee can be used for the same course at a later stage, or another course of the same value.

City East Campus

North Terrace, Adelaide