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Unit Overview


This unit explores the biology of 'being human' in today's world with an emphasis on how humans interact with the environment and with each other. The unit includes (1) the genetic and evolutionary processes which determine human differences within and between populations; (2) the basic structure and function of the human body at the level of tissues, organs and systems; (3) how the nervous and endocrine systems interact to maintain homeostasis; (4) the processes of nutrition, growth, development and ageing; and (5) the relationship of the biology of humans to their evolutionary history.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2AlbanyFace to face

Students are able to (1) describe the genetic and evolutionary processes which determine human differences within and between populations, describe the basic structure and function of the human body including how homeostasis is maintained, and relate the biology of humans to their evolutionary history; (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) tutorial participation & engagement; (2) online assessment; and (3) end-of-semester examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Fiona O'Shea and Dr Vanessa Hayes
Unit rules
Advisable prior study
ANHB1101 Human Biology I: Becoming Human strongly recommended.
Students who have not completed ANHB1101 Human Biology I: Becoming Human should complete a recommended reading list, available on LMS (Learning Management System).
Contact hours
lectures: approximately 3 hours per week, delivered live and also all available online
tutorials: approximately 1.5 hours per week.
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. Tutorials start in week one of semester. Students are allocated to tutorial groups by an online class allocation system (CAS). The purchase of a unit manual is strongly recommended. 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 tutorial classes.

Current Human Biology II Unit Manual

A list of recommended texts 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.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.