• Class Number 3334
  • Term Code 3430
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Nicole Vargas
    • AsPr Krisztina Valter-Kocsi
    • Dr Nicole Vargas
    • Dr Riemke Aggio-Bruce
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 19/02/2024
  • Class End Date 24/05/2024
  • Census Date 05/04/2024
  • Last Date to Enrol 26/02/2024
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, 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.

Research-Led Teaching

The teaching academics in this course are active researchers in the field of anatomy, physiology, 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.

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 SMP 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 WATTLE site. 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

Required Resources


There are a variety of online platforms you may use to participate in your study program. These could include videos for lectures and other instruction, two-way video conferencing for interactive learning, email and other messaging tools for communication, interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities, print and/or photo/scan for handwritten work and drawings, and home-based assessment.

ANU outlines recommended student system requirements to ensure you are able to participate fully in your learning. Other information is also available about the various Learning Platforms you may use.

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

Atlas of Human Anatomy; Netter, Frank; 7th Edition; ISBN 9780323393225; 2019

Gray's Anatomy for Students; Drake, Richard; 4th Edition; ISBN 9780323393041; 2020

Neuroanatomy: an illustrated colour text ; Crossman; 6th Edition ISBN 9781455728596; 2020

Staff Feedback

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

  • Written comments on assignments
  • Verbal comments
  • Feedback to the whole class
  • To groups; and
  • To individuals.

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). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction to Anatomy & Neuroanatomy - Introduction and spinal cord
2 Neuroanatomy - Brainstem and special senses
3 Neuroanatomy - Cranial nerves, diencephalon and cerebral cortex
4 Neuroanatomy - Motor control, ventricles, meninges & blood supply Neuroanatomy Practical Examination
5 Introduction to the Musculoskeletal System
6 Musculoskeletal - Axial Skeleton
7 Musculoskeletal - Appendicular Skeleton - Upper Draft Anatomy Resource Assignment due
8 Musculoskeletal - Appendicular Skeleton - Lower Musculoskeletal Practical Examination
9 Body Cavities & Viscera - Thorax
10 Body Cavities & Viscera - Abdomen
11 Body Cavities & Viscera - Pelvis Final Anatomy Resource Assignment due
12 Body Cavities and Viscera - Head and Neck Body Cavities & Viscera Practical Examination
13 Examination Period End of Semester ExaminationSee ANU Examination Timetable: Examination timetable | Australian National University (anu.edu.au)

Tutorial Registration

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
Practical Examinations 21 % 1,2,3
Assignment 25 % 2,3,4,5
End of Semester Examination 54 % 1,2,3,5

* 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 Integrity 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 Skills website. 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.


Students are expected to attend lectures, contribute to discussions and engage in activities provided for learning. When this is not possible, students are expected to listen to the audio recordings of all lectures and complete additional activities (e.g., the weekly quiz). Students are also expected to attend face-to-face practical classes and tutorial sessions and interact with stations and activities.


End of Semester Examination (54% of overall grade). This exam will include multiple choice, short answer and short essay questions. The exam will take place within the official, end of semester exam period and students will be informed of the date, time, and location of the exam. See ANU Examination Timetable for the scheduled date and time: Examination timetable | Australian National University (anu.edu.au).

The official end-of-semester results will be released via ISIS.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 21 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

Practical Examinations

The practical exams will assess your knowledge of anatomical structures on plastic models, prosected specimens, bones and/or images.

The three practical examinations will be completed at the end of each topic section (Neuroanatomy; Musculoskeletal; Body Cavities and Viscera) during your scheduled Practical Session time.

See WATTLE for details.

Value: 21% (Neuroanatomy = 7%; Musculoskeletal = 7%; Body Cavities and Viscera = 7%).

Return Date: Within 1 week following the exam

Assessment Task 2

Value: 25 %
Learning Outcomes: 2,3,4,5


The best way to test your knowledge of content is to be able to teach it! This is a group assignment (groups of 4-5 people), in which you will create an anatomy resource that helps you and your colleagues learn about a specific area of anatomy. Your project should be a fun and educational resource that can effectively aid the teaching and/or learning of anatomy.

The resource will be in a video format with a time limit of 5 minutes.

See WATTLE for project details and assessment rubric.

Value: 25%

Submission Date: Draft (for feedback only) due in Week 7, Final submission due in Week 11

Return Date: Within 2 weeks after final submission

Assessment Task 3

Value: 54 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,5

End of Semester Examination

The examination is composed of multiple choice, short answer and short essay questions.

See ANU Examination Timetable for the scheduled date and time: Examination timetable | Australian National University (anu.edu.au)

Value: 54%

Return Date: Final course grades will be available from ISIS

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.

The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.

The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.


The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment to the Wattle course website. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records.

Hardcopy Submission

There will be no hard copy submissions in this course. All work will be submitted through the online Wattle course website.

Late Submission

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

  • Late submission not permitted. Submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.

Referencing Requirements

The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.

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 future teaching and learning purposes.

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

There is no provision for assignment resubmission in this course.

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 Nicole Vargas
6125 8421

Research Interests

Exercise and Environmental Physiology, Climate Change and Health, Extreme Heat

Dr Nicole Vargas

By Appointment
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AsPr Krisztina Valter-Kocsi
6125 8341

Research Interests

AsPr Krisztina Valter-Kocsi

By Appointment
Dr Nicole Vargas
6125 8421

Research Interests

Exercise and Environmental Physiology, Climate Change and Health, Extreme Heat

Dr Nicole Vargas

By Appointment
By Appointment
Dr Riemke Aggio-Bruce
6125 9069

Research Interests

Exercise and Environmental Physiology, Climate Change and Health, Extreme Heat

Dr Riemke Aggio-Bruce

By Appointment

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