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Unit Overview


This unit explores nine systems of the human body view macroscopic to microscopic views including: skeletal, muscular, integumentary, cardiovascular, respiratory, lymphatic, endocrine, digestive and urinary. Over nine weeks, students will spend one hour per week in the human gross anatomy laboratory observing the macroscopic structure of organs within systems and one hour per week examining the microscopic structure of organs using microscopes. Students will become proficient in basic light microscopy. Principles of cell biology will be introduced over two weeks to aid the transition of students from ANHB2214 Human Organs and Systems to ANHB3323 Cells, Tissue, and Development.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (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) identify and describe the histological organisation and structure of human organs, recognising important stuctural and functional differences; (2) describe organ structure and function within the context of human organ systems; and (3) understand the histology of human organs within the context of cell biology in preparation for further study of pathology, and advanced cell biology and molecular biology.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) continuous assessment (covering weekly/fortnightly content); (2) intra-semester examination (covering content from first half of semester); and (3) final examination (covering all content). 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)
Dr Amanda Meyer and Professor Archa Fox
Unit rules
Successful completion of any two Unit(s)
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)
or BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology
or SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell
or SCIX1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell
or IMED1001 Form and Function
Advisable prior study
ANHB1101 Human Biology I: Becoming Human
or ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human
Contact hours
Lectures: 2 hours per week

Histology laboratory: 1 hour per week

Anatomy laboratory: 1 hour per week.

Mescher AL (2021) Junqueira's Basic Histology: Text & Atlas. McGrawHill. ISBN: 9781260462982.

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