ANHB2213 Human Functional Anatomy

6 points
Not available in 2020UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Life and Health Sciences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 2 elective
This unit offers a regional study of the entire upper and lower limbs, describing joints and joint movements, muscle groups and patterns of innervation. It draws attention to specialised functions of the limbs such as hand mechanisms and locomotion. Topics of interest like nerve injuries relate the basic structure to altered function. This is followed by the study of the anatomical organisation of the head and neck. In addition to the topographic organisation of this region, attention is paid to functional areas like mastication, swallowing and the eye, along with embryonic development and its correlation.
Students are able to (1) describe the functional anatomy of the limbs and head and neck; (2) understand the anatomy of the limbs as the basis of joint movement and function; (3) understand comparison between the limbs as the basis for the different functional requirements in humans; and (4) understand anatomical, developmental and evolutionary principles illustrated by the regional anatomy of the head and neck.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) continuous assessment; (2) laboratory examination in the form of 'spot' questions; and (3) end-of-semester written examination consisting of short-answer and multiple-choice questions. 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)
Associate Professor Nick Milne
Unit rules
ANHB2212 Human Structure and Development
[ANHB1101 Human Biology I: Becoming Human
ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human
SSEH1101 The Musculoskeletal System and Movement (formerly SSEH1101 Human Movement 1)]
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; labs/tutorials: 2–3 hours per week

(refer to the unit website for more detail)

Gross Anatomy
Hartwig, W. Fundamental Anatomy: Lippincott c.2008


Basmajian, J. V. and Slonecker, C. E. Grant's Method of Anatomy: a Clinical Problem-solving Approach, 11th edn: Williams & Wilkins 1989

Cartmill, M. et al. Human Structure: Harvard University Press 1997

Sinnatamby, C. S., ed. Last's Anatomy: Regional and Applied, 10th (or earlier) edn: Churchill Livingstone 1999

any regional anatomy text (see unit website for details)

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