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Enrolment closes: 7 Feb 2020


30 study hours


On-campus or online




Full course: $325


City East Campus

North Terrace, Adelaide

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Course Overview

This short course is designed for first year incoming Health Science students commencing any of the following UniSA undergraduate programs:

  • Exercise and Sports Science
  • Health Science
  • Human Movement
  • Laboratory Medicine
  • Medical Radiation Science
  • Medical Sciences
  • Midwifery (Internal and External)
  • Nursing (Internal and External)
  • Nutrition and Food Sciences
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Pharmacy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Podiatry
  • Speech Pathology
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Why the ScienceReady for Health Science short course?

This short course is designed to smooth the transition to university studies with the basic scientific knowledge needed, when commencing any of the UniSA health science undergraduate programs.

Individual benefits

  • Learn important assumed and foundational knowledge to undertake your health science degree
  • Orientation to Moodle, the UniSA online learning management system
  • Gain confidence in approaching science subjects
  • Experience lectures (online or face to face) and laboratory activities (hands-on or simulations)
  • Learn about online tutorials called virtual classrooms (off-campus short course enrolments)
  • Experience experiments, view human models and specimens (virtual or real)
  • Meet (on-line or in-person) and interact with some of your Course Coordinators, Program Directors and Student Advisors
  • Meet and make acquaintances with fellow students (on-line or in-person) with similar interests/background prior to beginning your degree
  • Experience ‘unilife’ online or in-person and become familiar with the University and its facilities.


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Course structure

This short course consists of a series of lectures and activities to introduce basic scientific concepts that will feature in your upcoming enrolled program. Topics covered in the course include:

  • Study and academic writing skills
  • Essential human anatomy and physiological concepts: relevant biology / chemistry / physics that underpins your health science 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

We offer the flexibility for you to either complete this Short Course on-campus (face to face) or off-campus (online). Check out the differences below to help you decide!

Modes of study

We offer the flexibility for you to either complete this short course on-campus (face to face) or off-campus (online). 

On-campus (face to face)

You will learn through live interactive lectures, laboratory work and visits to anatomy and pathology labs/museum.

Contact hours: Study over four days: Thursday 13 Feb to Tuesday 18 Feb 2020: 9am to 4.30pm each day. Totalling to approx. 30 study hours.

How to apply

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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