Studying online

There are now 2 possible online modes for units:

Units with modes Online timetabled and Online flexible are available for any student to self-enrol and study online.

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Unit Overview


This unit emphasises the major structural components and functional processes used for communication between cells, organs and tissues to regulate some functions in the human body. The structural and functional basis for electrical communications between nerve and muscles cells are introduced. Somato-motor components are studied to gain knowledge of how skeletal muscles produce movements of the limbs, and sensory nerve pathways monitoring skeletal muscle contractions, and the special senses (vision, proprioception and balance, taste, smell) are studied.

6 points
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 elective

Students are able to (1) demonstrate relevant understanding of the macroscopic and microscopic structural and functional components for electrical communications between nerve and muscles cells and some special senses; (2) demonstrate functionally relevant understanding of the structural plan of the upper limb and the physiology of how muscles contract and neuroanatomical structures and neural pathways involved; (3) demonstrate competence in observation and description of macroscopic and microscopic material and physiological events; and (4) recognise and identify anatomical features in specimens, slides, photographs, diagrams and models.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) an online test at the end of each weekly topic, defining the level of understanding (learning outcomes) required of each topic; (2) test one—examining learning of content presented in the first five to six weeks; and (3) test two—examining learning of content presented in the first five to six weeks. 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)
Associate Professor Tony Bakker
Unit rules
ANHB2212 Human Structure and Development
and PHYL2001 Physiology of Human Body Systems
ANHB3310 Human Biology: Applications and Investigations I.
ANHB3315 Human Evolutionary Ecology.
ANHB3316 Human Reproduction.
ANHB3320 Human Biology: Applications and Investigations II.
ANHB3321 Biological Anthropology: Genes and Society.
ANHB3323 Cells, Tissues and Development.
ANHB3324 Human Structure and Function.
ANHB3304 Human Functional Morphology.
ANHB3311 Biological Anthropology.
PHYL3001 Physiology of Membranes, Muscles and Signalling.
PHYL3002 Physiology of Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems.
PHYL3003 Physiology of Nutrition and Metabolism.
PHYL3004 Physiology of Integrated Organ Function.
PHYL3340 Advanced Cellular Physiology.
PHYL3350 Physiology Control Mechanisms.
PHYL3300 Mammalian Cell Biology
Contact hours
Much of the content of this unit is delivered completely online so students can complete the learning outcomes in their own time provided they do so before timetabled assessments. The online delivery includes the equivalent of approximately 2 lectures per week
labs: approximately 2 hours per week.

recommended but not essential:

Anatomy: Hartwig, W. Fundamental Anatomy: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins c.2008

Physiology: Sherwood, L. Human Physiology: from Cells to Systems, 8th edn: Cengage Learning c.2013

  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.