• Class Number 4299
  • Term Code 3130
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Riemke Aggio-Bruce
    • AsPr Alexandra Webb
    • AsPr Krisztina Valter-Kocsi
    • Dr Riemke Aggio-Bruce
    • Dr Zan-Min Song
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 22/02/2021
  • Class End Date 28/05/2021
  • Census Date 31/03/2021
  • Last Date to Enrol 01/03/2021
SELT Survey Results

The aim of this course is to provide students with a comprehensive overview of the morphology and functional anatomy of the human body. The course incorporates normal structure and function of the human body and provides an insight to the implications of disruption of normal structure and function. During the course, online multimedia resources and lectures will address topics covering all the systems of the human body. In practical sessions students will have the opportunity to examine prosected specimens and models of the human body. This applied course provides students with skills to prepare for clinical or health-related careers.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Identify and describe the major structures of the human body.
  2. Discuss the structural organisation and functions of each system of the human body.
  3. Apply their knowledge of human anatomy to solve questions regarding function and disease.
  4. Analyse and synthesise their knowledge and skills to create effective anatomy teaching and learning tools.

Research-Led Teaching

The teaching academics of this course are active researchers in the field of anatomy, neuroscience and medical education. Their expertise in these fields are utilised in the content delivery and the assessment style of this course. Students are actively encouraged to experiment in their interpretation of the content and apply their knowledge. A number of students have returned to our laboratories to conduct research after their exposure to the research-led nature of this course.

Dr Zan-Min Song

Research: brain development in rats with Hirschsprung's disease (https://jcsmr.anu.edu.au/research/groups/song-group)

Teaching qualifications: Graduate Certificate in Higher Education; Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2015);

Teaching awards: ANU Medical School Excellence in Teaching Awards, Best Faculty Teacher for year 1 and 2, (2007 & 2014)

Riemke Aggio-Bruce


Teaching qualification: AFHEA

Teaching award: ALL BIOL3186 laboratory demonstrators were nominated by students for best demonstrator award (2019)

A/Prof Krisztina Valter

Research: anatomy, vision science, ophthalmology, education.

Teaching qualification: Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy (2014)

Teaching awards: AAUT (Australian Awards for University Teaching) Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning 2012 

Vice Chancellor’s Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning (Special Commendation) 2012

ANU Medical School Excellence in Teaching (Phase 1) Award 2011

Top Supervisor Award 2010

A/Prof Webb

anatomy, spine, education, medical imaging

Teaching qualification: Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy

Teaching awards: Australian Award for University Teaching and ANU Distinguished Educator.

Field Trips


Additional Course Costs

Students will require a laboratory coat and safety glasses and must wear covered non-porous material shoes to all laboratory sessions. Students pay a penalty when proper PPE is not exhibited in the practical sessions as described in the ANUMS Anatomy Facility Code of Conduct. This penalty is imposed as a disincentive of improper preparation for practical anatomy classes.

Practical and lecture notes will be required for the laboratory and lecture sessions and can be downloaded from the course website. Coloured pens/pencils or an electronic device are recommended for use in these sessions.

Small costs related to materials used for the assignment may be incurred.

Examination Material or equipment

No permitted material

The following electronic textbooks are recommended for this course and can be accessed using Clinical Key via the ANU Library website:

Atlas of Human Anatomy; Netter, Frank; 6th edition; ISBN 9781455704187; 2014

Gray's Anatomy for Students; Drake, Richard; 3rd edition; ISBN 9780702051319; 2015

Nolte's The Human Brain; Vanderah, Todd; 7th edition; ISBN 9781455728596; 2016

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • interaction with lecturers and demonstrators during practical sessions
  • group feedback after practical assessments with individual feedback offered to students that failed a practical assessment
  • interactive lectures and problem-solving sessions that includes in-class questions, peer discussion and review of the answers
  • online marked quizzes with answers and feedback
  • in-class quizzes (revision practical exams during practical sessions, audience response systems)
  • written and verbal assignment feedback
  • questions, answers and peer discussion on the course discussion forum

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Musculoskeletal - general Introduction
2 Musculoskeletal - Axial Skeleton
3 Musculoskeletal - Upper Limb
4 Musculoskeletal - Lower Limb
5 Neuroanatomy - Introduction and spinal cord Musculoskeletal Practical Examination (weight 7.5%)
6 Neuroanatomy – Brainstem and thalamus; Ventricles
7 Neuroanatomy – Cranial nerves and special senses
8 Neuroanatomy – Cerebellum and Cerebrum
9 Body Cavities & Viscera - Thorax Neuroanatomy Practical Examination (weight 7.5%)
10 Body Cavities & Viscera - Abdomen
11 Body Cavities & Viscera - Pelvis
12 Body Cavities & Viscera – Head and Neck Body Cavities & Practical Examination (weight 5%, excluding week 12 contents)

Tutorial Registration

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Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Written examination 55 % 03/06/2021 01/07/2021 1,2,3,4
Assignment 25 % * * 1,2,3,4
Musculoskeletal Practical Exam (Exam #1) 7 % 22/03/2021 29/03/2021 1,2,3,4
Neuroanatomy Practical Exam (Exam #2) 7 % 03/05/2021 10/05/2021 1,2,3,4
Body Cavities and Viscera Practical Exam (Exam #3) 5 % 24/05/2020 31/05/2020 1,2,3,4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Integrity . In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


All students are required to attend the assessment tasks, though not completing them is not a barrier to progression.


Assessment Task 1

Value: 55 %
Due Date: 03/06/2021
Return of Assessment: 01/07/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Written examination

Written examination (55%) that includes multiple choice, short answer and short essay questions during the examination week.

The date range in the Assessment Summary indicates the start of the end of semester exam period and the date official end of semester results are released on ISIS. Please check the course Wattle site and the ANU final Examination Timetable http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/assessments-exams/examination-timetable to confirm the date, time and location exam.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 25 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4


The assignment is designed to give students an opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge of a specific area of human anatomy and share their new knowledge with their peers. The output of the project is to contribute to the development of a fun and educational resource that can effectively help the teaching and/or learning of anatomy.


To develop a video resource (maximum 5 minutes length) that you think would be helpful for your peers to learn from and understand the anatomy of your chosen topic. 

Project Teams

1. Groups of FIVE students (no more, no less) of your own choice should be formed.

2. Each group should select a body region/organ/structure – this can be from the musculoskeletal, neuroanatomy or body cavities & organs topics.

3. Register your group on Wattle and email the following information to Zan-Min Song and Riemke Aggio-Bruce.

Team name (you give your group a unique name)

Chosen topic

Student name and U-number of each team member (provide online)

Submission Due dates:

Draft submission: 9am Monday 03 May 2021

Each group will be provided with feedback on their draft video, including any corrections required to ensure content accuracy.

Final submission: 9am Monday 21 May 2022

The group will then have until 21th May to submit a revised corrected final version of the video and all supporting materials as listed under Assignment submission.


Organisation, delivery and Presentation 30%Content 30%Video quality 20%Peer response 10%Group work 10%

Assessment Task 3

Value: 7 %
Due Date: 22/03/2021
Return of Assessment: 29/03/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Musculoskeletal Practical Exam (Exam #1)

Practical exams assess the knowledge of anatomical structures on plastic models, prosected specimens, bones and/or images.

There will be 3 practical exams held at the end of each section, before the practical session of that week. The total weight is 20% towards the course scores.

Exam 1 valued at 7.5% , 22nd March


It is expected that feedback will be returned within 1 week

Assessment Task 4

Value: 7 %
Due Date: 03/05/2021
Return of Assessment: 10/05/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Neuroanatomy Practical Exam (Exam #2)

Practical exams assess the knowledge of anatomical structures on plastic models, prosected specimens, bones and/or images.

There will be 3 practical exams held at the end of each section, before the practical session of that week. The total weight is 20% towards the course scores.

Exam 2 valued at 7.5%, 5th May


It is expected that feedback will be returned within 1 week

Assessment Task 5

Value: 5 %
Due Date: 24/05/2020
Return of Assessment: 31/05/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Body Cavities and Viscera Practical Exam (Exam #3)

Practical exams assess the knowledge of anatomical structures on plastic models, prosected specimens, bones and/or images.

There will be 3 practical exams held at the end of each section, before the practical session of that week. The total weight is 20% towards the course scores.

Exam 3 valued at 5% (not including the content of week 12), 24th May


It is expected that feedback will be returned within 1 week

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.

The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

Online Submission

Group Assignment Submission

1. Save your video in .MP4 format

2. Make the file size as small as possible.

Handbrake is a useful tool to convert to .MP4 and/or reduce file size.

3. Upload your video to the course website.


4. Also submit the following to the course website.


ANU Assignment Coversheet - make sure that the team name and all group member names and U-numbers are clearly written on the Coversheet

Record of group meetings and decisions in the process of designing and creating the video

Signed and agreed allocation of responsibilities and marks

Note: any problems uploading files to the course website OR non-electronic files/resources to submit, please contact Zan-Min Song and Riemke Aggio-Bruce. Make sure everything is CLEARLY LABELLED!

Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission not permitted. No submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date will be permitted. If an assessment task is not submitted by the due date, a mark of 0 will be awarded.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

The return of assignments is not applicable to this course where the assignment involves the development of anatomy teaching resources. The assignments become the property of the Anatomy Facility and are used for teaching and learning.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

Resubmission is NOT permitted

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Riemke Aggio-Bruce

Research Interests

Dr. Zan-Min Song- Brain development

Riemke Aggio-Bruce - vision science

A/Prof. Krisztina Valter –anatomy, vision science, ophthalmology, education

A/Prof. Alexandra Webb – anatomy, spine, education, medical imaging

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