• Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Biology
  • Areas of interest Health Medicine and the Body, Medical Science, Biology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Juliey Beckman
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2024
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  • STEM Course

The course comprises an introduction to many aspects of human biology with an emphasis on fundamental functions, interactions and the integration of some of the major human physiological systems. Topics discussed may vary according to expert availability, and typically include the maintenance of homeostasis and responses to internal and external stimuli by major systems and organs such as digestive, nervous, hormonal, reproductive, immune and other bodily functions. Students will learn about human physiology, causes for disruption to bodily functions and how the body responds to restore health and maintain growth. While delivering the most up to date current knowledge, we will also consider some aspects of human health from historical and future perspectives. This course is an excellent introduction to human biology for students interested in medical sciences and/or intending to pursue later courses in physiology, anatomy, neuroscience and immunology. The course assumes no previous qualifications in biology.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Recognise and describe the functions and internal processes of major organ systems in the human body;
  2. Discuss the energy, regulatory and structural requirements for successful bodily functions;
  3. Identify, evaluate and integrate information about how the human body responds to external and internal stimuli;
  4. Appreciate an ethical perspective in understanding advances in human biology.
  5. Understand how experiments can lead to new knowledge in human biology

Other Information

First year commencing students who intend to continue studies in biochemistry and molecular biology in second and third year should do CHEM1101 and CHEM1201, as they are prerequisites for many later year courses offered by the Research School of Biology.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Reports and assignments (50) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  2. Mid term test (25) [LO 1,2,3]
  3. End of semester exam (25) [LO 1,2,3]

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.


The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:

  • Face-to face components which may consist of approximately 3 x 1 hour lectures per week and approximately 8 x 3 hours of tutorials/workshops/labs throughout the semester.
  • Approximately 70 hours of self-study which will include preparation for lectures, presentations and other assessment tasks. 

Students are expected to actively participate and contribute towards discussions.

Inherent Requirements

In this course, students learn about the role of experiments in biology, by attending workshops and completing laboratory activities. This requires students to be able to:

• safely participate in the biology laboratories.

Students who can provide evidence they are unable to meet these requirements may be able to negotiate alternative participation and assessment requirements with the course convenor.

Prescribed Texts

Please note that there is no prescribed text for this course, but it is advised that students access relevant reading material in a first year level text book as they progress through the course.  For those who are doing more than one first year course in Biology you will find Campbell’s Biology, Reece et al., latest Edition (Australian Version) useful.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4440
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6360
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2776 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 In Person View

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