ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2AlbanyFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Life and Health Sciences
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.
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.

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 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. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. 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. Copies of textbooks and other readings will be made available for students to access from the Library, online wherever possible as well as in print.
  • If this unit is offered as on-campus face-to-face study only, students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.