Faculty of Science

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Science
OfferedClayton Second semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Jeff Kerr


This unit provides students with basic knowledge of the structure of the human body. It describes how tissues are combined to form organs, and how organs and organ systems are organized to form adult body structure. The microscopic and macroscopic structure of the major organs and organ systems are covered, including the cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, urinary, reproductive and nervous systems. Imaging modalities for examining the body are described including X-ray, CT, and MRI. The general body plan is described and how the body plan is established during embryogenesis is discussed.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Describe the basic microscopic and macroscopic anatomical structure of the human body and the major organ systems;

  1. Explain how the general body plan is established in the embryo and the processes of organogenesis;

  1. Explain how the structure of the adult body is a reflection of how the body developed in prenatal life;

  1. Describe the major congenital abnormalities associated with key organ systems;

  1. Work effectively in pairs and/or a group to develop and prepare a collaborative report;

  1. Demonstrate the ability to undertake practical-based research to address specific experimental questions in developmental biology;

  1. Demonstrate an ability to conduct literature-based research, to identify key knowledge and concepts in the field of developmental biology.


Practical and laboratory assessments: 25%
Mid-semester tests: 25%
Final examination: 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

Three lectures and one 3-hour practical class per week


DEV2011 or equivalent


ANT2311, ANT2321, ANT2342