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ANAT241 Human Biology: Cells to Systems

The structural and functional organisation of the human body at cellular, tissue, system and regional levels.

ANAT 241 provides a structured introduction to modern anatomy and cell biology by giving a hierarchical description of the human body, spanning cells and tissues through to systems and regional anatomy. Topical examples are used to illustrate each hierarchical level.

Paper title Human Biology: Cells to Systems
Paper code ANAT241
Subject Anatomy
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,059.15
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,914.00

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CELS 191 and HUBS 192 and CHEM 191
MELS 241
Schedule C
Anatomy Office
Room 231, 2nd Floor
Lindo Ferguson Building (LFB)
Tel 479 7362
Teaching staff

2019 teaching staff to be confirmed. Please contact the Department for more information.

Paper Structure
Module 1 Cell structure and Function
Module 2: Cells in tissue
Module 3: The musculo-skeletal system
Module 4: Regional anatomy of the thorax
Teaching Arrangements
All teaching is undertaken on campus.
Marieb and Hoehn 'Human Anatomy and Physiology' (9th or 10th ed.; Pearson/Benjamin Cummings)

Young, Lowe, Stevens and Heath 'Wheater's Functional Histology: A Text and Colour Atlas' (6th ed.; Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier)
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
  • Knowledge of and ability to identify cellular organelles and structures and an understanding of their function and importance to selected research examples
  • An understanding of the relationship between cellular structure and function, the interactions of cells at the molecular level and their organisation into tissues and organs to meet specific structural and functional demands
  • Knowledge of the main body tissues and the skills to identify their normal histological features
  • An understanding of the structure and function of the human skeleton, with detailed coverage of musculature and joint anatomy in selected regions of the musculo-skeletal system
  • An understanding of how various tissues and organs are organised in the thoracic region

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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 12:00-12:50 9-16, 18-21
B1 Tuesday 11:00-11:50 9-16, 18-21
E1 Friday 12:00-12:50 9, 11, 13-15, 18, 20-21


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Monday 14:00-15:50 9-14, 16, 18-21
A2 Monday 16:00-17:50 9-14, 16, 18-21
A3 Wednesday 14:00-15:50 9-14, 16, 18-21
A4 Wednesday 16:00-17:50 9-14, 16, 18-21