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BMED11-112: Human Control Systems


This subject focuses on the structure and function of the musculoskeletal, nervous and hormonal control systems of the body and their interaction with the internal and external environments. Students undertake an integrated study of the anatomy and function of the musculoskeletal system of the axial and appendicular skeleton, the major structural components of the central nervous system and the neurohormonal axis. The material presented also explains how sensations are recorded and interpreted, movements are controlled and the way the body regulates and integrates body function via the nervous and endocrine systems. There is also some coverage of the clinical aspects of disorders associated with control systems.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Health Sciences & Medicine
Semesters offered
  • January 2021 [Standard Offering]
  • May 2021 [Standard Offering]
Study areas
  • Medicine
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2020: $4,340
  • Commencing in 2021: $3,890

Learning outcomes

1. Identify and distinguish the major anatomical structures of the nervous and endocrine systems (including the brachial plexus and the lumbosacral plexus).
2. Describe the main anatomical features of the lower limb bones and muscles (actions, origins and insertions).
3. Summarise the basic processes of higher brain function including cognition, memory, language and emotion.
4. Describe the general physiological mechanisms and processes underlying the sensory and motor control functions of the central and peripheral nervous systems in healthy humans
5. Explain the relationship between the structure and function of components of the neural and endocrine control system
6. Describe how some basic neuromuscular tests and assessments are used in clinical settings to identify disorders
7. Compare the neural and hormonal control processes that regulate integrated body functions to maintain homeostasis
8. Present experimental reports using the correct scientific style and format

Enrolment requirements

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Assumed knowledge:

Assumed knowledge is the minimum level of knowledge of a subject area that students are assumed to have acquired through previous study. It is the responsibility of students to ensure they meet the assumed knowledge expectations of the subject. Students who do not possess this prior knowledge are strongly recommended against enrolling and do so at their own risk. No concessions will be made for students’ lack of prior knowledge.

Assumed Prior Learning (or equivalent):

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Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering
Enrolment opens10/11/2019
Semester start13/01/2020
Subject start13/01/2020
Cancellation 1?27/01/2020
Cancellation 2?03/02/2020
Last enrolment26/01/2020
Withdraw – Financial?08/02/2020
Withdraw – Academic?29/02/2020
Teaching census?07/02/2020
Standard Offering
Enrolment opens15/03/2020
Semester start25/05/2020
Subject start25/05/2020
Cancellation 1?08/06/2020
Cancellation 2?15/06/2020
Last enrolment07/06/2020
Withdraw – Financial?20/06/2020
Withdraw – Academic?11/07/2020
Teaching census?19/06/2020