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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 2019 [Standard Offering]
  • May 2019 [Standard Offering]
Study abroadAvailable to Study Abroad students
Study areas
  • Medicine
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2018: $4,247
  • Commencing in 2019: $4,290

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


Please check the subject outline for pre-requisite subjects.

Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering
Enrolment opens12/11/2017
Semester start15/01/2018
Subject start15/01/2018
Cancellation 1?29/01/2018
Cancellation 2?05/02/2018
Last enrolment28/01/2018
Last withdrawal?09/02/2018
Teaching census?09/02/2018
Standard Offering
Enrolment opens18/03/2018
Semester start14/05/2018
Subject start14/05/2018
Cancellation 1?28/05/2018
Cancellation 2?04/06/2018
Last enrolment27/05/2018
Last withdrawal?08/06/2018
Teaching census?08/06/2018