ANHB1101 Human Biology I: Becoming Human

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1AlbanyFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Anatomy and Human Biology major sequence
  • Level 1 option in the Physiology; Microbiology and Immunology; Genetics major sequences
  • Level 1 complementary unit in the Neuroscience; Sport Science; Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing; Sport Science, Exercise and Health major sequences
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Life and Health Sciences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 1 additional unit in the Neuroscience second major sequence
  • Level 1 elective
This unit explores the biology of 'becoming human' in an integrative way, with emphasis on human evolution, genetics, development and structure. How we 'become human' is explored from the perspective of both the individual and the species, all considered within the context of evolution.
Students are able to (1) describe and explain the evolutionary framework for human biology, the basic principles of human genetics, the basic structure and function of the human body, reproduction in humans, and relate the biology of humans to their evolutionary history and embryological development; (2) cooperate with other students to complete tasks and solve problems, use the language of human biology appropriately, and present clear and reasoned arguments; and (3) value understanding as a rational approach to learning, appreciate human diversity, appreciate human biology as a rational basis for the understanding of self, and recognise the overlap of human biology with other disciplines.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) lab/tutorial participation; (2) online assessment; and (3) end of semester exam. 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)
Fiona O'Shea and Vanessa Hayes
Contact hours
lectures: approximately 3 hours per week, delivered live and also all available online; labs: approximately 1.5 hours per week; pre-labs: approximately 1 hour per week, these may also be provided online
Unit Outline
Semester 1_2019 [SEM-1_2019]
Students undertaking this unit require an anatomy licence. To comply with this regulation, student names are automatically entered in the School of Human Sciences' Register of Anatomy Licences. Laboratories start in week one of semester. Students are allocated to laboratory groups by an online class allocation system (CAS). The purchase of laboratory (unit) manuals is strongly recommended for this unit. These can be obtained through the University Secondhand Bookshop and as a download from the unit online learning site. Some copies are made available for reference in laboratory classes.

Current Human Biology I Unit Manual

A list of recommended textbooks is available in the unit outline.

  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.