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Unit Overview


This unit examines the central, peripheral and visceral nervous systems of humans. Higher cortical function, motor control, memory, emotion, motivation and homeostasis are explored.

ANHB2217 aims to give students a thorough understanding of neuroanatomy and neurophysiology which form the foundations of neuroscience. Content will be delivered by active learning lectures and exploring cadaveric material and clinical images in the dissection laboratory.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) identify, describe and distinguish structures in the central,peripheral brain structure poster,intra-semester examination, final examperipheral and visceral nervous systems.; (2) incorporate neuroanatomy and basic physiology concepts to understand higher cortical function, motor control and homeostasis.; and (3) apply their knowledge to understand the anatomical basis of common neuropathologies..


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) brain structure poster; (2) intra-semester examination; and (3) final exam. 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 Kristin Barry (00080573)
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
or Enrolment in
71520 Master of Biomedical Science
Advisable prior study
IMED1001 Form and Function
or ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week
labs: 2 hours per week

Krebs C, Weinberg J, Akesson E, Dilli E (2018) Lippincott Illustrated Reviews: Neuroscience. Second edition. Wolters Kluwer. ISBN: 978-1-4963-6789-1.




Rohen JW, Yokochi C, Lutjen-Drecoll E (2016) Anatomy: A Photographic Atlas. Eighth edition. Wolters Kluwer. ISBN: 978-1-4511-9318-3


England, M. and Wakely, J. A. Colour Atlas of the Brain and Spinal Cord, 2nd edn: Mosby/Elsevier 2006


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