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Human Structure and Function

MajorYear: 2019

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Overview

The Human Structure and Function Major will explain how the human body works, based on a deep understanding of the relationship between physiology and anatomy. The subjects are structured so that the anatomy (structure) and physiology (function) of the human body are taught in carefully integrated units that also introduce elements from pathology, pharmacology and zoology as relevant. It will suit students entering: medical and health related sciences, postgraduate research work in applied anatomy and physiology; teaching and research in University departments and in hospitals; with pharmaceutical companies; in media liaison, consultancies and scientific journalism.

Intended learning outcomes

Human Structure and Function Major Graduates should demonstrate:

  • a deep understanding of the relationship between human structure (anatomy) and function (physiology), with particular emphasis on being able to apply this understanding to solve problems in broad healthcare and research settings;
  • understanding that there is significant variation in human structure and an appreciation of how different presentations of human anatomy can influence function;
  • problem-solving skills developed through designing and implementing investigations of human structure and function, including but not limited to a program of cadaveric dissection;
  • highly developed technical skills in human cadaveric dissection and/or explorations of human function;
  • ability to work effectively in groups to meet a shared goal with people whose disciplinary and cultural backgrounds differ from their own;
  • ability to articulate the relationship between different science cultures and methods, and the diverse contributions made by different cultures to their development;
  • an awareness of scientific methods and research skills used to investigate human structure and function.

Structure

50 credit points

Completion of 50 points of study at Level 3.

Subject Options

Both of

Code Name Study period Credit Points
ANAT30007 Human Locomotor Systems
Semester 1
12.5
ANAT30008 Viscera and Visceral Systems
Semester 2
12.5

Plus two electives selected from

Code Name Study period Credit Points
NEUR30005 Developmental Neurobiology
Semester 2
12.5
CEDB30003 Developmental Biology
Semester 2
12.5
OPTO30007 Visual Neuroscience
Semester 2
12.5
PATH30001 Mechanisms of Human Disease
Semester 1
12.5
PHYS30005 Muscle and Exercise Physiology
Semester 1
12.5
PHYS30001 Cardiovascular Health: Genes & Hormones
Semester 2
12.5
NEUR30003 Principles of Neuroscience
Semester 1
12.5
NEUR30002 Neurophysiology: Neurons and Circuits
Semester 1
12.5
PHYS30008 Frontiers in Physiology
Semester 2
12.5
PATH30002 Techniques for Investigation of Disease
Semester 1
12.5
BIOM30003 Biomedical Science Research Project
Summer Term
Summer Term
Semester 1
Semester 1
Semester 2
Semester 2
12.5

Notes

A quota has been applied to both core subjects in this major.

Last updated: 14 September 2019