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ANAT2011: Fundamentals of Human Anatomy

Where is your pancreas? What about your pituitary gland? How do we pack six meters of small intestine into our body? ANAT2011 is designed for students who are studying Human Anatomy and Histology for the first time, as well as those who have been introduced to human anatomy in biological sciences. In laboratory classes using human cadavers and human organ tissue you will gain fundamental knowledge of the anatomy of the brain and nerves; the anatomy of the cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, endocrine and reproductive systems along with musculoskeletal anatomy. The hands-on laboratory classes are interwoven with lectures, tutorials and discussion groups, as well as on-line quizzes and self-directed learning modules. The course teaches the language of anatomy and develops your knowledge and practical skills in human anatomy and histology, preparing you for many applied anatomical settings. The laboratory sessions will require you to work together in teams to engage with the content, building your interpersonal skills, and fostering a professional attitude towards learning and scientific endeavour. You will also consider the processes of body donation and the ethical, legal and moral frameworks around which people donate their remains for anatomical learning, teaching and research. This unit contains assumed knowledge for entry into the graduate medical program at the University of Sydney, and is also suitable for graduate programs in dentistry, nursing, physical therapies, forensic sciences.

Code ANAT2011
Academic unit Department of Medical Sciences
Credit points 6
MEDS2005 or BMED2402 or BMED2403 or BMED2405 or BMED2406 or BMED2801 or BMED2802 or BMED2803 or BMED2804 or BMED2805 or BMED2806 or BMED2807 or BMED2808

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Understand the fundamental organization and development of the human body from its gross structure to the cellular and intracellular levels.
  • LO2. Understand the fundamental functional properties of the body as it relates to structural properties and developmental processes.
  • LO3. Relate and apply knowledge of the structural organization and functional properties of the body to other biomedical and biological disciplines. To understand the relationship(s) of anatomical and histological knowledge, with the knowledge of biological, anthropological and clinical disciplines.
  • LO4. Search, identify, discuss and evaluate the primary scientific literature in the field of the anatomical sciences, histology, cell biology and neurobiology.
  • LO5. Specify hypotheses, design research plans and specify experiments that address and test hypotheses. Understand a range of histological and anatomical methodologies. Appreciate the significance of histological and anatomical investigations that identify the origins of the scientific disciplines. Have a thorough knowledge of the investigative and experimental approaches of the present, including “state-of-the-art”, techniques.
  • LO6. Analyse, illustrate, describe and present primary research data.
  • LO7. Work autonomously and independently, work in small groups, work in seminar groups, lead discussion and assume responsibility for teaching and learning.
  • LO8. Communicate clearly and effectively. Communicate in written and oral forms for specialist, generalist and lay audiences. Experience communicating anatomical and histological knowledge through other forms of multi-media, ie., film, video, photography, 3-D media and printing.
  • LO9. Understand and articulate the unique privilege of learning about the structure and related function of the human body through the gift of body donation. Show an understanding of the framework in which people may donate their remains and the moral, ethical and legal responsibilities that this entails. Appreciate the place of anatomical investigation and anatomical knowledge in community and society, its medical, educational, social and global importance, its power and potential, its uses and possible abuses.
  • LO10. Apply tools and practices that will help you in your life-long learning.