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
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Life and Health Sciences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • 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) final theory and laboratory examination and (2) in class tests (Visually Aided Tests). 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)
Mr Tom Wilson and Dr Amanda Meyer
Unit rules
ANHB2212 Human Structure and Development or (SSEH1101 The Musculoskeletal System and Movement and either ANHB1101 Human Biology I: Becoming Human or ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human after completion of 96 points)
ANHB3304 Human Functional Morphology
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; labs/tutorials: 2–3 hours per week

Any substantial anatomy text that the student should already have from previously undertaking ANHB2212 Human Structure and Development.

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 edn (or earlier): Churchill Livingstone 1999

any regional anatomy text (see unit website for details)

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