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 is taken over two successive semesters and parts 1 and 2 must be completed to fulfil the requirements of the unit. Students can commence the unit in either semester 1 or semester 2. The unit can be modified to suit, as far as practicable, each student's background, interests and planned future career. Students may be involved with the various experimental approaches and teaching methodologies in human biology as practised in the School.

6 points

Students are able to gain the necessary skills to initiate and manage projects and investigative studies in human biology.


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 Master of Human Biology (53520) and an average mark of at least 60 per cent over the following units: ANHB5404 Project Analysis (formerly ANHB8404 Project Analysis), ANHB5405 Project Design (formerly ANHB8405 Project Design), ANHB5437/ANHB5448 Current Concepts in Human Biology Part 1/Part 2 (formerly ANHB8437/ANHB8448 Current Concepts in Human Biology Part 1/Part 2), ANHB5438 Human Biology Project
ANHB5501 Changing Concepts in Anatomy and Human Biology, ANHB5502 Advanced Topics in Anatomy and Human Biology, ANHB5503 Research Methods in Anatomy and Human Biology, ANHB5504 Integrative Anatomical and Human Studies
Advisable prior study
or postgraduate units in human biology

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.