OPTM23 Bioscience 3
Directed Learning hours: 75
Self Directed Learning hours: 175
Total Learning Hours: 250
This course aims to provide students with an advanced understanding of human physiology relevant to health practice.
At the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Describe the relationship between structure and function of human cells and the process of cellular reproduction.
- Describe the relationship between structure and function of human tissues.
- Describe the principles of biochemistry and their relationship to bodily processes.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the relationship between the structure and function of the integumentary system, and the role of the skin in relation to wound healing and thermoregulation.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the relationship between the structure and function of the skeletal system including cartilage and the processes of bone formation, bone growth and calcium homeostasis.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the relationship between the structure and function of muscle, the role of muscles in body temperature homeostasis, and the physiology of skeletal muscle contraction.
- Demonstrate knowledge of neuroanatomy.
- Demonstrate knowledge of neurophysiology including nerve impulse generation and conduction, the processing of reflexes, sensory, motor and integrative systems, and the activities and control of the autonomic nervous system.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the structure and function of the immune system including the lymphatic system and the immune response.
- Describe the relationship between structure and function of the cardiovascular system.
- Describe the relationship between structure and function of the respiratory system.
- Describe the relationship between structure and function of the digestive system including the processes of digestion, absorbtion and metabolism.
- Describe the processes which mediate fluid input and output, electrolyte concentration, and acid-base balance in the body.
- Describe the processes of human metabolism including the role of nutrients, absorptive and postabsorbptive states, metabolic rate and body heat maintenance.
- Describe normal structure and function of the male and female reproductive system.
- Describe the ear and the physiology of hearing and balance.
- Describe the eye and the physiology of sight.
- Describe the nose and the physiology of smell.
- Describe the tongue and the physiology of taste.
- Cells and tissues
- The integumentary system
- The musculoskeletal system
- The lymphatic system
- The nervous system
- The immune system
- The cardiovascular system
- The respiratory system
- The digestive system
- The maintenance of fluid, electrolyte and acid-base balance
- Processes of human metabolism
- The reproductive systems
- Special senses of the human body
The following strategies may be used: • Assignments • Theoretical examination • Online quizzes/exercises • Group projects • Case studies
Students will be expected to engage with online discussions and activities and in some instances, participation may be required.
Students must achieve competency in all assessment tasks for completion of this course. Students attendance and participation must also comply with the attendance requirements of the course.
Student Reading List
Required Reading Resources:
- Marieb, E., & Hoehn, K. (2007). Human anatomy & physiology (7th ed.). San Francisco: Pearson Benjamin Cummings.
Recommended Reading Resources:
- Juhan, D. (2003). Job’s body – a handbook for bodywork (3rd ed.). New York: Barrytown/Station Hill Press Inc.
The course coordinator may recommend additional reading resources.