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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 fetal serial sections.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Human Sciences (Anatomy and Physiology) major sequence
  • Level 2 core unit in the Human Biology specialisation in the Medical Science major sequence
  • 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 and developmental 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 cadaver specimens, slides, photographs, diagrams and models.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) weekly online assessments; (2) weekly laboratory preparation and participation; and (3) final 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)
Vanessa Hayes and Fiona O'Shea
Unit rules
Successful completion of 12 points
ANHB1101 Human Biology I: Becoming Human
or ANHX1101 Human Biology 1 (Becoming Human)
ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human
or ANHX1102 Human Biology 2 (Being Human)
or 6 points ANHB1101 Human Biology I: Becoming Human
or ANHX1101 Human Biology 1 (Becoming Human)
or ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human
or ANHX1102 Human Biology 2 (Being Human)
and 6 points BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology
or BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology
or IMED1001 Form and Function
or SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell
or SCIX1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell
or SSEH1101 The Musculoskeletal System and Movement
or 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: 1.5 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.
  • 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.