ScienceReady for Health Science

A face to face (on-campus) and online (off-campus) short course

This short course is designed to smooth the transition to university studies with the basic scientific knowledge needed, when commencing any of the UniSA health science undergraduate programs.

First year incoming Health Science students

  • Would you like a head-start to university in the health sciences field?
  • Has it been some time since you last studied?
  • Have you not studied a science subject in year 11 or 12?
  • Would you like to improve your understanding of medical/scientific concepts?
  • Do you need help in understanding medical terminology?
  • Are you anxious about studying the science component of your enrolled program?
  • Is English your second language?

If you answered ‘Yes’ to any of these questions, the ScienceReady for Health Science short course can help you understand key scientific concepts before beginning your degree.

This short course is for students about to commence any of the following UniSA health science undergraduate programs:

  • Exercise and Sports Science
  • Health Science
  • Human Movement
  • Laboratory Medicine
  • Medical Radiation Science
  • Medical Sciences
  • Midwifery (Internal and External)
  • Nursing (Internal and External)
  • Nutrition and Food Sciences
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Pharmacy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Podiatry
  • Speech Pathology

Short course content

This short course consists of a series of lectures and activities to introduce basic scientific concepts that will feature in your upcoming enrolled program. Topics covered in the course include:

  • Study and academic writing skills
  • Essential human anatomy and physiological concepts: relevant biology / chemistry / physics that underpins your health science courses
  • Introduction to medical / anatomical / scientific terminology
  • Human body organisation
  • Body systems, how they work and interact with each other
  • Essential physiological concepts including homeostasis
  • Basics of human anatomy


  • Learn important assumed and foundational knowledge to undertake your health science degree
  • Orientation to Moodle, the UniSA online learning management system
  • Gain confidence in approaching science subjects
  • Experience lectures (online or face to face) and laboratory activities (hands-on or simulations)
  • Learn about online tutorials called virtual classrooms (off-campus short course enrolments)
  • Experience experiments, view human models and specimens (virtual or real)
  • Meet (on-line or in-person) and interact with some of your Course Coordinators, Program Directors and Student Advisors
  • Meet and make acquaintances with fellow students (on-line or in-person) with similar interests/background prior to beginning your degree
  • Experience ‘unilife’ online or in-person and become familiar with the University and its facilities

Modes of study

We offer the flexibility for you to either complete this Short Course on-campus (face to face) or off-campus (online). Check out the differences below to help you decide!

On-campus (face to face)

You will learn through live interactive lectures, laboratory work and visits to anatomy and pathology labs/museum.

Contact hours: Study over four days: Thursday 13 Feb to Tuesday 18 Feb 2020: 9am to 4.30pm each day. Totalling to approx. 30 study hours.

Download the On-campus Timetable



Off-campus (on-line)

You will learn through recorded lectures and recorded virtual classroom sessions, live virtual classrooms, tutorial worksheets and discussion boards and virtual experiments (simulations).

Contact hours: See timetable below

Download the Off-campus Timetable 

Fee information

Fee: $325 (GST free).

Find out more

Further information: Dr. Jyothi Thalluri (on-campus enquiries: or Dr Jackie O’Flaherty (off-campus enquiries: jackie.o’

or call 08 8302 2391

Hear from previous students

Deadline for registration

Face to face (on-campus): 7 February 2020
Online (off-campus): 7 February 2020

Late registrations will only be accepted for students receiving late UniSA offers.

To register you need to complete the registration form below and then return the form in one of the ways outlined on the form.

Download the registration form

Areas of study and research

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