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BMS2011 - Structure of the human body

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Associate Professor Nigel Wreford (Anatomy & Cell Biology)


Clayton First semester 2007 (Day)


An introduction to human anatomy and histology, the concept of primary tissues, the basic embryology of the nervous, cardio-vascular, gastrointestinal and musculoskeletal systems. Practical classes in which the anatomy of different regions is discussed in relation to prosections, X-rays, CT scans etc. Classes finish with a group discussion in which the clinical relevance of the anatomy is reviewed.


At the completion of this unit, students will;

  1. have a comprehensive, but not necessarily detailed, knowledge and understanding of
    • The macroscopic structure and functions of the regions and systems of the human body
    • The microscopic structure and function of the cell types and tissues of which the human body is constructed
    • The embryological development of the human body
  2. understand anatomical and related medical terminology;
  3. use anatomical and related medical terminology effectively in verbal and written communication;
  4. demonstrate observational and descriptive skills in relation to histological slides, dissected anatomical specimens and radiographs; and
  5. work effectively as a member of a learning team.


Theory examinations: 70%
Practical examination: 30%


Must be enrolled in Bachelor of Biomedical Science, Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics or Diploma of Health Sciences