• Offered by School of Medicine and Psychology
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Medical Science
  • Areas of interest Medical Science
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Nicole Vargas
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2023
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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, a combination of lectures, online multimedia resources, tutorials and practical sessions 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, integration and functions of each system of the human body.
  3. Apply and synthesise their knowledge of human anatomy to solve questions regarding function in health and disease.
  4. Investigate and demonstrate understanding of human anatomy as part of a collaborative team.
  5. Effectively communicate concepts in human anatomy to academic and lay audiences.

Other Information

Due to the limited laboratory space, enrollment in this course is restricted to 50 students only. Students will be selected based on academic merit (GPA)

To register interest in this course, please fill in an expression of interest form.

Registrations open 6th November, 2022 and close on 23rd January, 2023. Students will be notified the outcome by early February.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Three practical exams (Musculoskeletal, Neuroanatomy and Body Cavities and Viscera) (20) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. Assignment (25) [LO 2,3,4,5]
  3. Final theory exam (55) [LO 1,2,3,5]

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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:

  • Face-to face component which may consist of up to 2 hours of lectures, 2 hours of labs and 1 hour tutorial per week throughout the semester.
  • Approximately 70 hours of self-directed study, which will include preparation for lectures, assignments and other assessment tasks.

Students are expected to actively participate and contribute towards discussions.

Inherent Requirements

In this course, students learn how to identify and interpret anatomical features, which requires students to:

  • Make and interpret visual observations.

Students who cannot meet this requirement will not be able to complete compulsory assessment tasks and therefore will not be able to complete the course.

Students also typically participate in anatomy laboratories, in which they observe human cadavers and body parts. This requires students to be able to:

  • Safely attend anatomy laboratories.
  • Stand or lean over to make observations.

Students who cannot meet these requirements will find it significantly more difficult to succeed in the course and are therefore strongly encouraged to discuss their options with the course convenor before submitting an application. Please see the anatomy laboratory information page for more information.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 96 units toward a degree. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have completed BIOL2176 or BIOL3186.

You will need to contact the School of Medicine and Psychology to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

Drake et al.: Gray’s Anatomy for Students Elsevier (available electronically using Clinical Key via the ANU Library — the link is provided on the course website)


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $5160
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $6840
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3691 20 Feb 2023 27 Feb 2023 31 Mar 2023 26 May 2023 In Person View

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