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MEDS2005: Human Anatomy and Histology

2024 unit information

MEDS2005 is for students who are studying Human Anatomy and Histology in the Medical Sciences stream. Through face-to-face, Zoom, Pre-recorded lectures and engaging laboratory practical classes that involve the use of human cadavers and histological slides of human tissues, you will gain fundamental knowledge of the Anatomy and the Histology of the human body including the nervous, endocrine, musculoskeletal, respiratory, cardiovascular, urinary, digestive and male and female reproductive systems. Lectures and laboratory practical classes have forums for discussion and debate regarding the structure and function of the human body. MEDS2005 starts by teaching the language of Anatomy and Histology and systematically addresses the Anatomy and Histology specific to each body system to prepare you with knowledge and practical skills for many applied anatomical and histological settings. In the hands-on laboratory practical classes, you will work in teams, engaging with the content, building your interpersonal skills, and fostering a professional attitude towards learning and scientific endeavour. You will 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 of Study teaches the Anatomical and Histological knowledge that is assumed for entry into the Graduate Medical Program at the University of Sydney and that serves as suitable preparation for Graduate Programs in Dentistry, Nursing, Physical therapies, Forensic sciences and other applied para-clinical and clinical fields. Successful completion of this Unit will equip you with a solid foundation in Human Anatomy and Histology to support Post-Graduate careers in the fields of Biomedical Research, Innovation and Development.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Department of Medical Sciences

Code MEDS2005
Academic unit Department of Medical Sciences
Credit points 6
6 cp from (BIOL1003 or BIOL1903 or BIOL1993 or BIOL1008 or BIOL1908 or BIOL1998 or MEDS1001 or MEDS1901)
ANAT2011 or BMED2402 or BMED2403 or BMED2405 or BMED2406 or BMED2801 or BMED2802 or BMED2803 or BMED2804 or BMED2805 or BMED2806 or BMED2807 or BMED2808
Assumed knowledge:

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

  • LO1. Understand the fundamental organisation 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.

Unit availability

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2020
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2021
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2021
Normal day Remote
Semester 2 2022
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2022
Normal day Remote
Semester 2 2023
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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