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ANHB3324 Human Structure and Function

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Anatomy and Human Biology major sequence
  • Level 3 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 topographical anatomy of the limbs and head and neck; (2) demonstrate an understanding of the functional anatomy of the limbs in relation to locomotion and manipulation, and the functional anatomy of the head and neck; (3) demonstrate an understanding of the similarities and differences in the upper and lower limbs; and (4) demonstrate an understanding of anatomical, developmental and evolutionary principles illustrated by the regional anatomy of the head and neck.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) practical assessment; (2) theory assessment; and (3) research assignment. 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)
Tom Wilson, Fiona O'Shea and Vanessa Hayes
Unit rules
6 Points Unit ANHB2212 Human Structure and Development (ID 1143) Or Completion of 96 Points And Unit SSEH1101 The Musculoskeletal System and Movement (ID 1064) And 6 Points Unit ANHB1101 Human Biology I: Becoming Human (ID 1090) Or ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human (ID 1120)
Contact hours
1 x 90 minute workshop per week; 1 x 2hr cadaver laboratory per week; online lectures
Recommended text books will be published in the unit outline

Recommended text books will be published in the unit outline



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