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BMED11-110: Human Organ Systems 1 January 2018 [Standard]

General information

This subject provides a detailed understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular, respiratory and urinary systems of the body, with emphasis on the relationship between structure and function. Anatomy of the heart and great vessels, lungs, thorax, kidneys and urinary tract is detailed and integrated with the function of these organ systems. Topics include the cardiac cycle, physiology of the circulation, mechanics of breathing, gas exchange and transport, and renal physiology. The regulation of the systems and how they interact to maintain fluid, acid-base and circulatory homeostasis is examined.

Changes due to Commonwealth Games: The University has marginally altered the timetable for the January semester of 2018 (181) to ensure that students have the opportunity to engage with the Commonwealth Games to be held in April 2018. The modified timetable has been designed to not impact on overall subject or program learning outcomes. Some subjects may be delivered in a slightly modified mode to accommodate the change. Specific arrangements will be included on the iLearn site for each subject. All changes to the class schedule have the full approval of University and Academic Unit administration and will not adversely affect student learning or assessment.


Academic unit:Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine
Subject code:BMED11-110
Subject title:Human Organ Systems 1
Subject level:Undergraduate
Semester/Year:January 2018
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Science Lab: x6 (Total hours: 18) - Science Lab
  • Lecture: x12 (Total hours: 24) - Weekly Lecture
  • Tutorial: x12 (Total hours: 12) - Weekly Tutorial
Attendance and learning activities: This subject is designed to integrate lectures (2 hours per week), tutorials (1 hour per week starting in week 2) and practical laboratory sessions (5 classes over the semester). Attendance at all tutorials and practical laboratory sessions is compulsory. Most sessions build on the work of the previous one. It is difficult to recover if you miss a session. Attendance in tutorials and labs will be monitored, and could impact the final mark in this subject. Students who are unable to attend due to illness must provide a valid medical certificate.


Prescribed resources:
  • Marieb & Hoehn Human Anatomy & Physiology. 10th, Pearson
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Enrolment requirements

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This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Identify and distinguish the major structures of the organs that comprise the cardiovascular, respiratory and urinary systems, and their related musculoskeletal tissues
  2. Describe the general physiological mechanisms and processes underlying the function of these organ system in healthy humans
  3. Relate the microscopic and gross structural features of these organs to their function
  4. Compare the role played by the autonomic nervous system and endocrine system in regulating functions of the heart, circulation, pulmonary and renal organs
  5. Discuss the mechanisms by which these systems are integrated to regulate acid-base and fluid balance
  6. Use standard equipment to record and interpret basic measures of cardiovascular and respiratory function including ECG, blood pressure and spirometry
  7. Present scientific information using the correct style and format


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
*Class Participation Tutorial Participation 10% Ongoing 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
Skills Test Cardiovascular Spotter 5% Week 3 1, 3.
Paper-based Examination (Closed) Mid-semester Exam 15% Mid-Semester Examination Period 1, 2, 3, 4.
Skills Test Respiratory Spotter 5% Week 7 1, 3.
Laboratory Report Laboratory Report 10% Week 9 2, 4, 6, 7.
Skills Test Urinary System Spotter 5% Week 11 1, 3.
Paper-based Examination (Closed) End of Semester Exam 50% Final Examination Period 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

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For the purposes of quality assurance, Bond University conducts an evaluation process to measure and document student assessment as evidence of the extent to which program and subject learning outcomes are achieved. Some examples of student work will be retained for potential research and quality auditing purposes only. Any student work used will be treated confidentially and no student grades will be affected.

Study information

Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A late penalty will be applied to all overdue assessment tasks unless an extension is granted by the subject coordinator. The standard penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment per day late with no assessment to be accepted seven days after the due date. Where a student is granted an extension, the penalty of 10% per day late starts from the new due date.

Policy on plagiarism

University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

Bond University utilises Originality Reporting software to inform academic integrity.

Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Disability support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Subject curriculum

Anatomy of the heart and great vessels

1, 3.

Pathway of blood flow, cardiac muscle contraction, action potentials, and autonomic control of the heart

1, 2, 3, 4.

Cardiac electrophysiology and the cardiac cycle, Regulation of CO, SV and HR

2, 4.

Histology of blood vessels, Factors determining blood flow and regulation of blood pressure

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

Lecture after exam: Anatomy of the Respiratory System

1, 3.

Mechanics of breathing, functions of the respiratory mucosa and respiratory membranes, gas exchange and transport

Control of respiration - role of carbon dioxide, oxygen and pH, Respiratory adjustments to exercise and altitude

Anatomy of the upper and lower urinary tract

1, 2, 3.

Mechanisms of urine formation, Micturition

Regulation of urine concentration, water and electrolyte balance, renal regulation of blood pressure

2, 4, 5.

Control of bladder filling and micturition. Revision of Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Renal Physiology

2, 3, 4.
Approved on: Nov 7, 2017. Edition: 1.2