Faculty of Science

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Science
OfferedGippsland Second semester 2012 (Day)
Sunway Second semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr. Arkendu Sen (Sunway); Ms. Janee Hock (Gippsland)


This unit covers human anatomy in its broadest sense; to explore and understand structure and function at the macroscopic, microscopic (histological) and developmental (embryological) levels. Topographic studies will cover the morphology and organisation of the musculoskeletal system, the cardiovascular system, the respiratory system, the digestive system, urinary system, endocrine system, nervous system and reproductive system. Histology studies will correlate microscopic structure with function; beginning with the cell, moving on to the four primary tissue types and following up with systems-based histology where relevant. Embryology will help in understanding human development; beginning with fertilization and following up through the development of organ-body systems, with emphasis on mechanisms regulating normal development and organisation of the body. The unit encompasses familiarisation and usage of anatomical and medical terminology. Skills in practical observation, identification and communication will be encouraged as well as the ability to source for information through effective use of IT.


On completion of this unit students will have a comprehensive overview of human anatomy, including knowledge and understanding of the macroscopic structure and functions of the systems of the human body, the microscopic structure and functions of cell types and body tissues as well as the embryological origins of the human body; understand anatomical and related medical terminology; use anatomical and related medical terminology effectively in verbal and written communication required in medical sciences; demonstrate observational and descriptive skills in relation to histological slides, anatomical models, dissected/ prosected anatomical specimens and radiographs; actively participate in groupwork to mirror future role as part of a healthcare team.


Continuous assessment: 20%
Practical examination: 30%
Examination: 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Dr. Lakshmi Selvaratnam

Contact hours

Three 1-hour lectures, 3 hours group lab practical/tutorial, 3 hours computer-assisted learning and 3 hours private study per week