Studying online

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Unit Overview

The study of human structure and development begins with an overview of early development followed by the low-power examination of serial sections through human embryos and fetuses. The aim of this is not to engage in detailed histological or embryological analysis but to build an understanding of the body plan and how it develops. The anatomy of the vertebral column, articular system and the body wall follow. The systemic and regional anatomy of the thorax, abdomen and the pelvis come next. In each regional study area the embryology is reinforced and the students return to look more closely at each region using embryonic serial sections.
6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1OnlineOnline Restricted
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 option in the Anatomy and Human Biology major sequence
  • Level 2 elective
Students are able to (1) demonstrate a holistic, functionally relevant understanding of the structural plan of the human body from an anatomical, developmental, comparative and evolutionary perspective; (2) correlate structure, function and development; (3) demonstrate competence in observation and description of anatomical material and in the use of anatomical terminology and language; and (4) recognise and identify anatomical features in specimens, slides, photographs, diagrams and models.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) online assessments; (2) research assignment; and (3) final examination (theory 30% & practical 30%). 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)
Tom Wilson, Vanessa Hayes, Fiona O'Shea
Unit rules
Successful completion of one Unit(s) IMED1001 Form and Function or Unit(s) ANHB1101 Human Biology I: Becoming Human or Unit(s) ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human or Unit(s) BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology or Unit(s) BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology or Unit(s) SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell or Unit(s) SSEH1101 The Musculoskeletal System and Movement or Unit(s) SSEH1102 Applied Anatomy and Athletic Performance
Advisable prior study:
Completing ANHB1101 and ANHB1102 is strongly recommended or pre-reading of a recommended reading list available on the LMS for students who have not done both ANHB1101 and ANHB1102.
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; labs: 2 hours per week;
A white laboratory coat is a compulsory requirement in the laboratory.
  • 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.