Human Structure and Function

Major/Minor/Specialisation !R01-AA-MAJ+1018 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Year and Campus: 2016


Dr. Jason Ivanusic,

Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience




Currently enrolled students:

Future students:


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.

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 & Available Subjects:

Completion of 50 points of study at Level 3.

Subject Options:

Both of

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:

Plus two electives selected from

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Summer Term, Semester 1, Semester 2

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

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Biomedicine
Bachelor of Science

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