Human Biology (T/A)

Human biology covers a wide range of ideas relating to the functioning of the human biology.

Students studying human biology will:

  • learn about the human body, relating the structure and function in the human body
  • examine how humans survive in challenging environments
  • research causes of human body dysfunction, treatments and preventative measures
  • explore reproduction and the development of the foetus


Units Studied

The Essentials of Human Life

Students study the essential developments in human physiology and the different cells in the body that allow a human to survive.  They discuss the anatomy of different tissue types in the body and how systems work together to provide the essentials for human life.

The Aging Human Body

Students examine the development of the human body from conception to the older individual.  They discuss the technical advancements that improve health outcomes for embryos as well as aged people.  Students learn how different tissue types change over the life of an individual.

Human Health & the Environment

Students investigate the impact of environmental conditions upon the health of humans both at the individual and population level.  Environmental factors as well as personal factors such as mental health will be discussed to give a wide perspective to the study of human health.

Treating the Human Body

Students study the exponential growth of research and knowledge about the functioning of the human body that informs the Western mode of treating illness, and also consider alternative ways of treating illness in Australia.  The veracity of alternative diagnosis and treatment methods will be interrogated.

Assessment Requirements

  • Research Task and Website Creation (approx. 2500 words) – 40%
  • Term Test (60 mins) – 25%
  • Final Exam (90 mins) – 35%


Human biology provides a valuable foundation for students who wish to follow a variety of career pathways by introducing them to the concepts, foundations and technical language relating to the human body.

The skills learnt in human biology enables students to make informed decisions about their pathways into tertiary studies. These include:

  • Medicine
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Allied Health (Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Pathology, Osteology, Paramedicine)
  • Public Health Policy/Education

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