ANHB3324 Human Structure and Function

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Anatomy and Human Biology major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Life and Health Sciences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
This unit offers a regional study of the entire upper and lower limbs, describing joints and joint movements, muscle groups and patterns of innervation. It draws attention to specialised functions of the limbs such as hand mechanisms and locomotion. Topics of interest like nerve injuries relate the basic structure to altered function. This is followed by the study of the anatomical organisation of the head and neck. In addition to the topographic organisation of this region, attention is paid to functional areas like mastication, swallowing and the eye, along with embryonic development and its correlation.
Students are able to (1) describe the topographical anatomy of the limbs and head and neck; (2) understand the functional anatomy of the limbs in relation to locomotion and manipulation, and the functional anatomy of the head and neck; (3) understand the similarities and differences in the upper and lower limbs; and (4) understand anatomical, developmental and evolutionary principles illustrated by the regional anatomy of the head and neck.
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) final theory and laboratory examination and (2) continuous assessment that may include in-class tests, tutorials, ongoing laboratory assessment. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Winthrop Professor Marc Tennant, Associate Professor Avinash Bharadwaj and Dr Yulia Shiikha
Unit rules
ANHB2212 Human Structure and Development
(SSEH1101 The Musculoskeletal System and Movement and either ANHB1101 Human Biology I: Becoming Human
ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human after completion of 96 points)
ANHB3304 Human Functional Morphology
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; labs/Practical Classes: 2–3 hours per week
Unit Outline

Any substantial anatomy text that the student should already have from previously undertaking ANHB2212 Human Structure and Development.

Basmajian, J. V. and Slonecker, C. E. Grant's Method of Anatomy: a Clinical Problem-solving Approach, 11th edn: Williams & Wilkins 1989

Cartmill, M. et al. Human Structure: Harvard University Press 1997

Sinnatamby, C. S., ed. Last's Anatomy: Regional and Applied, 10th edn (or earlier): Churchill Livingstone 1999

any regional anatomy text (see unit website for details)

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