ANAT SC 1102 - Human Anatomy and Physiology IA

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2020

Are you studying in health and medical sciences, preparing for a health-related career, or simply keen to learn more about how our amazing bodies function in both health and disease? Human Anatomy and Physiology provides students with an introduction to the anatomical structures and physiological functions of the human body. Students will investigate the relationships between normal structure and function in human cells, tissues and organs. Human Anatomy and Physiology IA course content is divided into six modules: Cells; Tissues; Bone, Joints and Muscle; Nervous System; Endocrine System; and Reproduction. As well as introducing students to content, emphasis is placed on developing skills in research, critical analysis and communication of scientific information relevant to the study of humans. The course does not assume prior knowledge of year 12 biology or chemistry.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code ANAT SC 1102
    Course Human Anatomy and Physiology IA
    Coordinating Unit Medical Sciences
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 6 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assessment Assessment tasks, online quizzes, tests and exam
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Danijela Menicanin

    For all course related enquiries please email us at

    Phone: +61 8 8313 4532
    Location: Level 2, Helen Mayo North

    Co-Course Coordinator:
    Location Level 2, Helen Mayo North

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

    Timetable information can be found in the MyUni website for this course.
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Describe basic structural and functional features of the major organ systems within the human body.
    2 Define basic biological processes essential for maintenance of homeostasis.
    3 Correlate specific structural features of human cells, tissues, organs and systems of the human body with their normal functions, and identify the changes that occur during human development, ageing and disease.
    4 Work in teams to apply their knowledge to investigate clinical scenarios and debate current topics in scientific research.
    5 Develop research skills including critical analysis, interpretation, synthesis and communication of scientific data.
    6 Develop and display the motivation necessary for ongoing independent learning.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    3, 4, 5, 6
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    4, 5, 6
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    4, 5, 6
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    4, 5, 6
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    4, 5, 6
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Martini FH, Ober WC and Nath JL (2018) Visual Anatomy and Physiology, International Edition, Pearson.
    Recommended Resources
    In addition to the recommended textbook, you may want to access resources on scientific writing and referencing skills from the University's Writing Centre as these will come in handy for the major RSD assignment.
    Online Learning
    All notes, resource manuals and papers for lectures, practicals, tutorial sessions and assessment tasks are available on MyUni as well as lists of suitable readings, online quizzes and links to external websites.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Human Anatomy and Physiology IA utilises a range of teaching and learning modes in recognition of the diversity of learning styles exhibited by the student population. Lectures and pre-lecture activities identify the concepts on which human biology is based and provide basic factual information and examples illustrating these concepts. The lectures are supported by online quizzes, and interactive tutorials that are designed to clarify understanding of concepts and apply them to new scenarios, often within a problem-solving context. Practical sessions provide an opportunity for visual and interactive learners to integrate the predominantly theoretical knowledge from lectures with that obtained via personal observations and hands on investigations. They also enable all students to acquire a more holistic perspective of the interactions between three-dimensional body form and functions at various hierarchical levels. In addition to the online summative quizzes, assessment throughout the semester includes tutorial and practical class activities tasks and a major assessment task that fosters development of interpersonal communication and research skills within a range of biomedical contexts relevant to the wellbeing of humans.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Lectures: 36 x 1 hour = 36 hours
    Laboratories: 7 x 1 hour = 7 hours
    Tutorials: 8 x 1 hour = 8 hours
    Examination: 1 x 2 hours = 2 hours
    End-Of-Module Quizzes: 2 x 5 hours = 10 hours
    Preparation for Laboratory and Tutorial Sessions: 1 hour per session = 22 hours
    Major Assessment Task = 24 hours
    Tests: 2 x 1 hour + 7 hours preparation per test = 10 hours
    General study = 35 hours
    TOTAL = 160 hours
    Learning Activities Summary
    Course materials are divided into 6 modules:
    Module 1: Cell Structure and Function
    Module 2: Epithelial and Connective Tissues
    Module 3: Bone, Joints and Muscule Tissue
    Module 4: Endocrine System
    Module 5: Nervous System
    Module 6: Reproductive Systems

    Detailed information on lecture, laboratory and tutorial content can be found in the MyUni website for this course.
    Specific Course Requirements
    Human Anatomy and Physiology IA laboratory sessions are held in the Ray Last Anatomy Laboratory.
    To access this facility, you must wear (1) a laboratory coat, (2) closed-in shoes, and (3) your student identification card on your lab coat. You will not be permitted entry into this facility without these items. Please also bring a hardcopy of the laboratory handout and a pen/pencil as no electronic devices (phones, tablets, laptops) are allowed in this facility.
    Note: you will need to purchase your own lab coat.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Whilst no offical SGDE will be offered in Human Anatomy and Physiology IA, there will be numerous opportunities throughout the semester to work in groups with other students.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment in Human Anatomy and Physiology IA consists of:

    1. End-Of-Module Quizzes x 3 = 10%
    2. Tests (x 2 @ 10% each) = 20%
    3. Major Assignment = 20%
    4. In-Class Contribution and Participation = 10%
    5. Examination = 40% (Hurdle requirement)
    TOTAL = 100%

    Assessment Related Requirements
    To achieve a pass grade for the course, students must:
    1. Attend at least 80% of all scheduled laboratory sessions and 80% of all tutorials (except in cases where valid medical or compassionate documentation for absences is supplied).
    2. Obtain a minimum grade of at least 50% for the final examination. [The final examination is weighted at 40% of the total course grade.]
    Assessment Detail
    Detailed information on assessment tasks can be found in the MyUni website for this course.
    Detailed information on assessment task submission can be found in the MyUni website for this course.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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