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    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.

    About this paper

    Paper title Human Biology: Cells to Systems
    Subject Anatomy
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,173.30
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    CELS 191, CHEM 191, (HUBS 191 or PTWY 131) and 18 further 100-level points
    MELS 241
    Schedule C

    Anatomy Office
    Room 231, 2nd Floor
    Lindo Ferguson Building (LFB)
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    Teaching staff

    2024 teaching staff to be confirmed. Please contact the Department for more information.

    Paper Structure

    Module 1: Cell Structure and Function
    Module 2: Cells in Tissues
    Module 3: The Musculoskeletal System
    Module 4: Regional Anatomy of the Thorax

    Teaching Arrangements
    All teaching is undertaken on campus.

    Marieb and Hoehn 'Human Anatomy and Physiology' (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

    Students who successfully complete this paper will have:

    • 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


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 12:00-12:50 9-13, 15-22
    B1 Tuesday 11:00-11:50 9-13, 15-22
    E1 Friday 12:00-12:50 9-12, 15-22


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    Attend one stream from
    A1 Monday 14:00-15:50 9-13, 15-21
    A2 Monday 16:00-17:50 9-13, 15-21
    A3 Wednesday 14:00-15:50 9-13, 15-21
    A4 Wednesday 16:00-17:50 9-13, 15-21
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