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ANAT1001 – Introduction to Anatomy

2020 – Session 1, Weekday attendance, North Ryde

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General Information

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Joyce El-Haddad
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Unit description Unit description

This is an introductory unit which presents the basic concepts in gross anatomy, histology and embryology. All systems of the human body are introduced and described at the microscopic and macroscopic levels. The unit also focuses on clinical and surface anatomy. Anatomical models, histology slides and medical imagery are used in the practical sessions.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Adopt and be able to use anatomical terminology: define and understand the anatomical position, anatomical planes, sections and directional terms.
  • ULO2: Describe different levels of structural organisation of the human body.
  • ULO3: Name and identify the four basic tissues and describe the major characteristics of each.
  • ULO4: Describe the major developmental events that occur during the embryonic and foetal periods.
  • ULO5: Describe the microscopic and macroscopic anatomy of all systems of the human body and explain their functions: Integumentary, Skeletal, Muscular, Cardiovascular, Lymphatic, Nervous, Endocrine, Respiratory, Digestive, Urinary, Reproductive
  • ULO6: Apply the knowledge of anatomy within clinical and research contexts.

Assessment Tasks

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Delivery and Resources

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Delivery modes:

This unit is characterised by a moderate degree of flexibility. It incorporates a variety of learning tools and media. It will comprise: 

1. 3-hours lectures per week (one 1-hour and one 2-hour lecture), weeks 1-13;                                                                                                                  

 2. One 1-hour tutorial per week, weeks 1-13 (except where indicated);                                                                                

 3. One 2-hour laboratory practicals per week 1-13 (except where indicated). 

Participation in practical classes is a hurdle requirement for this unit. It is a condition of passing the unit that students must actively participate in a minimum of 80% of the practical classes for the semester. Students are expected to present their lab manuals to their tutors at the conclusion of the weekly practical class and will be marked on the completion of the activities. If you do not meet the participation requirement, regardless of your accumulative marks, you will be unable to receive a passing grade for this unit. 

Students must attend the classes (tutorials and lab practical’s) in which they enrolled. They may not exchange their class time. In special circumstances, students may apply (with the appropriate documentation) in writing to the unit convener, for requests regarding changes. These requests are to be submitted to the scientific officer. 

Class times and locations 


Monday 8.00-9.00 Macquarie Theatre, 21 Wally’s Walk (W2.4A) 

Tuesday 8.00-10.00 Macquarie Theatre, 21 Wally’s Walk (W2.4A) 



Take one of the identical 1-hour tutorials below at Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday.  

NB: The tutorials take place simultaneously in various campus venues and the number of students that can register for each is limited. 


Monday: 9.00-10.00, 10.00-11.00, 11.00-12.00, 12.00-13.00, 14.00-15.00, 15.00-16.00,  

Tuesday: 10.00-11.00, 11.00-12.00, 12.00-13.00, 14.00-15.00, 15.00-16.00 

Wednesday: 9.00-10.00, 10.00-11.00, 11.00-12.00, 12.00-13.00 


Laboratory practicals  

Take one of the 2-hour practicals below. 

NB: The number of students that can register for each is limited. 


Wednesday: 8:00-10:00. 10:00-12:00, 12:00-14:00, 14:00-16:00, 16:00-18:00 (11 Wally's Walk, Rm 340 and 350) 

Thursday 8:00-10:00. 10:00-12:00, 12:00-14:00, 14:00-16:00  (11 Wally's Walk, Rm 340 and 350) 

Friday 8:00-10:00. 10:00-12:00, 12:00-14:00  (11 Wally's Walk, Rm 340 and 350) 

Note: All classes have been checked on Timetables MQ on 21/01/2020. For most up to date timetable changes, please check https://timetables.mq.edu.au/2020/.

Required and recommended resources 


Tortora GJ and Derrickson B. 2015. Introduction to the Human Body. 10th ed. Wiley. 


ANAT1001 Introduction to Anatomy Laboratory Manual - available at Co-op Shop bookshop.  


Alternative textbook: 

Tortora GJ and Nielsen MT. 2014. Principles of Human Anatomy. 13th ed. Wiley. 




More detailed anatomy textbooks: 

Drake RL, Vogl AW and Mitchell AWM. 2015. Gray’s Anatomy for Students. 3nd ed. Elsevier.  


Moore KL and Dalley AF. 2014. Clinically Oriented Anatomy 7th ed. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.  


Page BreakAtlases: 

Abrahams PH, Spratt JD, Loukas M, van Schoor AN. 2013. McMinn’s Clinical Atlas of Human Anatomy. 6th ed. Mosby/Saunder Elsevier.  



Mescher AL. 2013. Junqueira’s Basic Histology. 13th ed. McGraw Hill. 


Unit Schedule

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Gross Anatomy





Terminology and orientation


Basic tissue



Cell Biology





Connective tissue

Axial and appendicular skeleton

Terminology & Orientation (WORKSHEET) 

Cell biology & connective tissue



Connective Tissue





Bone tissue

Muscle tissue

Bones & Joints


Specialised Connective Tissue





Skeletal muscles

ONLINE TUTORIAL[no class] - Embryology 

Skeletal Muscles

Muscle Tissue





Cardiovascular system

Muscles & Skin

Heart & Blood Vessels

Heart & Blood Vessels







Practical Test 1 






Nervous System (pt 1) 


ONLINE TUTORIAL [no class] - 


Blood Vessels


    No Practical      No Practical 



Session 1 Recess



Nervous System (pt 2) 

Nervous System (pt 3) 

Nervous System

Nervous System

Nervous System




Endocrine system

Respiratory system

Endocrine system

Respiratory System

Respiratory System




Digestive system 1

Digestive system 2

Respiratory System

Digestive System

Digestive System - GIT




Special senses

Urinary system

Digestive System

Urinary System

Digestive System – Accessory Viscera




Somatic senses and motor control

Reproductive system

Urinary and Reproductive Systems

Reproductive System

Urinary and Reproductive Systems



Surface anatomy


ONLINE TUTORIAL [no class] - Special Senses

Practical Test 2


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Students seeking more policy resources can visit the Student Policy Gateway (https://students.mq.edu.au/support/study/student-policy-gateway). It is your one-stop-shop for the key policies you need to know about throughout your undergraduate student journey.

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Student Code of Conduct

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Changes from Previous Offering

Code change from HLTH108 to ANAT1001.

Changes since First Published

Date Description
15/02/2020 All ULO mapped