UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

ANHB3328 Communication Systems in the Human Body

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Multimode
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Category B broadening unit for Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Design students
  • Level 3 elective
Content This unit emphasises the major structural components and functional processes used for communication between cells, organs and tissues to regulate some functions in the human body. The structural and functional basis for electrical communications between nerve and muscles cells are introduced. Somato-motor components are studied to gain knowledge of how skeletal muscles produce movements of the limbs, and sensory nerve pathways monitoring skeletal muscle contractions, and the special senses (vision, proprioception and balance, taste, smell) are studied.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) demonstrate relevant understanding of the macroscopic and microscopic structural and functional components for electrical communications between nerve and muscles cells and some special senses; (2) demonstrate functionally relevant understanding of the structural plan of the upper limb and the physiology of how muscles contract and neuroanatomical structures and neural pathways involved; (3) demonstrate competence in observation and description of macroscopic and microscopic material and physiological events; and (4) recognise and identify anatomical features in specimens, slides, photographs, diagrams and models.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) an online test at the end of each weekly topic, defining the level of understanding (learning outcomes) required of each topic; (2) test one—examining learning of content presented in the first five to six weeks; and (3) test two—examining learning of content presented in the first five to six weeks. 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) Associate Professor Tony Bakker
Unit rules
Prerequisites: ANHB2212 Human Structure and Development and PHYL2001 Physiology of Human Body Systems
Incompatibility: ANHB3310 Human Biology: Applications and Investigations I; ANHB3315 Human Evolutionary Ecology; ANHB3316 Human Reproduction; ANHB3320 Human Biology: Applications and Investigations II; ANHB3321 Biological Anthropology: Genes and Society; ANHB3323 Cells, Tissues and Development; ANHB3324 Human Structure and Function; ANHB3304 Human Functional Morphology; ANHB3311 Biological Anthropology; PHYL3001 Physiology of Membranes, Muscles and Signalling; PHYL3002 Physiology of Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems; PHYL3003 Physiology of Nutrition and Metabolism; PHYL3004 Physiology of Integrated Organ Function; PHYL3340 Advanced Cellular Physiology; PHYL3350 Physiology Control Mechanisms; PHYL3300 Mammalian Cell Biology
Contact hours Much of the content of this unit is delivered completely online so students can complete the learning outcomes in their own time provided they do so before timetabled assessments. The online delivery includes the equivalent of approximately 2 lectures per week; labs: approximately 2 hours per week.
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.science.uwa.edu.au/Units/ANHB3328/SEM-1/2017

recommended but not essential:

Anatomy: Hartwig, W. Fundamental Anatomy: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins c.2008

Physiology: Sherwood, L. Human Physiology: from Cells to Systems, 8th edn: Cengage Learning c.2013

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