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Unit Overview


Students must enrol concurrently in parts 1 and 2 of this unit in either semester. The unit can be modified to suit, as far as practicable, each student's background, interests and planned future career. The student may monitor parts or all of appropriate undergraduate units in human biology offered by the School. Additional material including assignments, literature reviews and laboratory work may be included. Students are also exposed to the various experimental approaches to human biology conducted in the School.

6 points

Students are able to develop an ability to explore human ecology, variation and adaptation in relation to current health status, wellbeing and social concerns.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) written assignments; (2) examinations; and (3) seminars. 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)
Professor Stuart Bunt and Associate Professor Nick Milne
Unit rules
enrolment in
the Graduate Diploma in Human Biology (51320)
or the Master of Human Biology (53520)
ANHB5437/ANHB5448 Current Concepts in Human Biology Part 1/Part 2
ANHB8414/ANHB8415 Human Variation and Adaptation Part 1/Part 2.
ANHB8422/ANHB8423 Human Ecology and Reproduction Part 1/Part 2.
ANHB8424/ANHB8425 Human Biology: Field and Laboratory Studies Part 1/Part 2
Advisable prior study
undergraduate units in human biology
Contact hours
students may attend appropriate undergraduate lectures, tutorials and practicals as well as attending graduate tutorials and seminars as required

There are no prescribed texts. Students are encouraged to read widely in the area, including web-based material.

  • 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.