BIOL116-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023

Human Biology

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 July 2023
End Date: Sunday, 12 November 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 30 July 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 1 October 2023


An introduction to the biology of humans. The course is particularly recommended for students wishing to advance in topics in health and sport, as well as those students advancing in science subjects.

Human Biology is an introductory course that looks at the biology of Homo sapiens from a number of different viewpoints including the actions of individual cells and even individual molecules. Labs in the course have been designed to assist the learning of the broad themes covered in the lectures.

The aim of the course is to introduce students to aspects of human biology and health:
Basic anatomy, nutrition, genetics, immune response, and human body / microbe interface.

Learning Outcomes

As a student in this course, I will develop the ability to:
1. Appreciate the biodiversity of an individual human body: (assessment item: mid-course test) (assessment item: short lab quiz), Graduate Profile 1, 3 and 5
2. Gain basic knowledge about human organs and functions (assessment item: lab reports, final exam), Graduate Profile 1.
3. Relate human health to immune response and microbes associated with the human body (mid-course test and final exam) Graduate Profile 1
4. Understand basic biochemical experiments and detection of common microbes associated with the human body (assessment items: short lab quiz) Graduate Profile 1.
5. Recognise and evaluate genetic deterministic views of human biology, health and disease: (assessment items: mid-course test and final exam), Graduate Profile 1 and 3.
6. Have a basic understanding of molecules of life and human nutrition: (assessment item: lab report and final exam), Graduate Profile 1 and 3.
7. Demonstrate basic knowledge of food allergen and detection using antibody:(assessment item: short lab quiz), Graduate Profile 1.
8. Understand basic biochemical experiments and detection of common microbes associated with the human body (assessment items: short lab quiz), Graduate Profile 1.

Transferable Skills Register | Pūkenga Ngaio
As a student in this course, I will develop the following skills:
1. Completing tasks in a laboratory. Important in many science-related courses and jobs. We will have lab instructions on what is required in each lab session. (Employable, innovative and enterprising), Graduate Profile 2.
2. Providing required information in a written form of acceptable standard. This is necessary in most science-related courses and jobs. We will have previous mid-term test and exam questions on the course Learn site. (Employable, innovative and enterprising), Graduate Profile 2.
3. Learn independently through reading of assigned material. Tests and exams will have components that test your competency in assigned readings. Graduate Profile 1 and 5.
4. Learn foundation knowledge on human biology to gain the ability to advance to other courses and disciplines, Graduate Profile 1 and 5.

Timetable Note

Please consult the Course Information System (CIS) on the University Web site for lecture times and venues as these can change.

Lecture Plan (subject to change)
Section 1: Introduction
Lectures: Annabel Ahuriri-Driscoll, Kaaren Mathias
Weeks 29

Section 2: Being human (3 lectures)
Lecturers: Prof. Jack Heinemann (Email:
Weeks 29-30

Section 3: Public Health (5 lectures)
Lecturers: Dr Arindam Basu, Dr Kaaren Mathias
Weeks 29-31

Section 4: Genetics in human health and disease (5 lectures)
Lecturer: Dr Amy Osborne (Email:
Weeks 32 - 33

Section 5: Blood and organs (6 lectures)
Lecturer: A/Prof Steven Gieseg (Email:
Weeks 33 – 37 (Term Break in middle of section)

In term, closed book, in person test in Week 37 (first week of term 4 in evening, date to be determined by timetabling)

Section 6: Human Immunology and Inflammation (8 lectures)
Lecturers: A/Prof David Leung (Email:
Weeks 37-40

Section 7: Basu Infectious Disease (2 lectures)
Lecturer: Dr Arindam Basu Weeks 37 - 40
Week 40

Section 8: Food and nutrition (6 lectures)
Lecturer: Claudia Meisrimler (Email:
Weeks 41 - 42

Laboratories start Term 3, starting in the week of 3rd week of term. The laboratories (3 hours each) help you to develop your understanding of topics addressed in the lectures and
textbook. In addition, they allow you to develop important practical skills and are a great opportunity to ask questions or get help from your lecturers. Preparation for labs is vital to your success in the lab.


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Final Exam 50% Covering Lectures sections 5-8 only. Date and time to be set Central Administration.
Laboratory work 16% In course assessment on laboratory reports.
Lecture Test 7% Online test of Prof Heinemann lectures, section 2, Week 34.
Mid-course test 27% (First week of Term 4 covering lecture sections 1,3 and 4)

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

Campbell and Reece; Biology a Global Approach ; 11th; (This is also available through the library, QH 308.2 .C189 2018, Central Library).

It is the School of Biological Science’s policy that every test or exam will have a substantial and unavoidable component that is based on the assigned readings for courses. Some of these assigned readings may be in textbooks such as Campbell and Reece “Biology A Global Approach”, others may be provided by the lecturer.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $951.00

International fee $4,750.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Biological Sciences .

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