OPTM5 Bioscience 1

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Level: 4
Credits: 10

  • Directed Learning hours: 50
  • Self Directed Learning hours: 50
  • Total Learning Hours: 100

Course Blog


  • This course aims to provide students with an introduction to the structure and function of major systems of the body which have the most relevance to relaxation massage practice.


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Learning Outcomes

At the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe normal human structure and function in a health context
  2. Locate and define structures of the human body using terminology associated with anatomy and physiology.
  3. Describe major functional characteristics of the body.
  4. Describe the maintenance of physiological function through homeostasis.
  5. Describe the normal structure and function of the skin, hair and nails.
  6. Describe the normal structure and function of the musculo-skeletal system.
  7. Describe the normal structure and function of the lymphatic system.
  8. Describe the normal structure and function of the cardiovascular system.


  • Introduction to anatomy and physiology
  • Major systems of the body
  • Integumentary system
  • The musculo-skeletal system
  • The lymphatic system
  • The cardiovascular system

Attendance Requirements

Students will be expected to engage with online discussions and activities and in some instances, participation may be required.

Completion requirements

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:

  • The course coordinator may recommend additional reading resource