ANT1800 - Introduction to anatomy and medical terminology - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Organisational Unit

Malaysia School of Science

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Chow Sek Chuen


Dr Lai Hien Tet

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)



Note that students who commenced the BSc(MedBioSci) prior to 2015 are supposed to take ANT2331 and will need to obtain approval for the ADE to substitute ANT1800 for ANT2331.


This unit covers human anatomy in its broadest sense; to explore and understand structure and function at the macroscopic, microscopic (histological) and developmental (embryological) levels. Topographic studies will cover the morphology and organisation of the musculoskeletal system, the cardiovascular system, the respiratory system, the digestive system, urinary system, endocrine system, nervous system and reproductive system. Histology studies will correlate microscopic structure with function; beginning with the cell, moving on to the four primary tissue types and following up with systems-based histology where relevant. Embryology will help in understanding human development; beginning with fertilization and following up through the development of organ-body systems, with emphasis on mechanisms regulating normal development and organisation of the body. The unit encompasses familiarisation and usage of anatomical and medical terminology. Skills in practical observation, identification and communication will be encouraged as well as the ability to source for information through the effective use of IT.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of human anatomy, including an understanding of the macroscopic structure and functions of the systems of the human body, the microscopic structure and functions of cell types and body tissues as well as the embryological origins of the human body;
  2. Use anatomical and related medical terminology effectively in verbal and written communication;
  3. Demonstrate observational and descriptive skills in relation to histological slides, anatomical models, dissected/ prosected anatomical specimens and radiographs;
  4. Actively participate in group work to mirror future roles as members of a healthcare team.


NOTE: From 1 July 2019, the duration of all exams is changing to combine reading and writing time. The new exam duration for this unit is 2 hours and 10 minutes.

Continuous assessment: 30%

Practical examination: 30%

Examination (2 hours): 40%

Workload requirements

Three 1-hour lectures, 3 hours group lab practical/tutorial, 3 hours computer-assisted learning and 3 hours private study per week

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