This unit explores the biology of 'becoming human' in an integrative way, with emphasis on human evolution, genetics, development and structure. How we 'become human' is explored from the perspective of both the individual and the species, with topics encompassing the structure and function of the human body at the level of molecules, cells and tissues, our reproduction, growth and development, all considered within the context of evolution. The latter involves understanding evolutionary principles, human genetics including the structure and function of genes, inheritance patterns in families and the causes of genetic disease, cell replication, human behaviour including social aspects of human sexuality and reproduction, use of reproductive technology, and aspects of human evolutionary history including links with other living primates.
Broad learning outcomes
Students will be able to recall and integrate key knowledge and concepts about:
the evolutionary framework for human biology
the basic principles of human genetics
the basic structure and function of the human body at the level of molecules, cells, tissues and organs
reproduction in humans in terms of the structure and function of the reproductive system, pregnancy, labour and current social and ethical issues
the biology of humans and their evolutionary history and embryological development.
Students will acquire skills in:
the ability to apply concepts learned in human biology to everyday life
cooperating with others to complete tasks and solve problems
using the language of human biology appropriately
presenting clear and reasoned arguments.
Attitudes. Students will
value understanding as a rational approach to learning
value the importance of ethical considerations in pursuing and applying scientific knowledge
be open to new ideas and diverse perspectives
respect all forms of life and accept a responsibility for the preservation of the environment
appreciate human biology as a rational basis for the understanding of self
recognise the overlap of human biology with other disciplines.
Advisable prior study
TEE Human Biology or Biology would be advantageous, but there is no recommended prior study for this unit.
Technical Requirements Laboratory Notebook
Purchase of the Unit (Laboratory) Manual is strongly recommended. Copies are available for purchase at the CO-OP Bookshop. Limited copies are made available for use in labs and in the library.
Calculators are not necessary but may be useful for genetics problems. Students who wish to use a calculator in exams MUST obtain a “UWA APPROVED CALCULATOR” sticker, available from Wendy Colangelo in room G.01 (Anatomy & Human Biology Building) prior to 5pm on the last teaching day of semester.
Closed shoes are compulsory for some practical classes. Details of clothing requirements will be stated in the Unit Manual laboratory guide in the relevant weeks.
Consultation hours: Both coordinators have an open door policy but students with limited time or requiring an extended visit should make an appointment.
Unit structure summary Lectures Three x 1-hour lectures per week. These are all available online via WebCT.
Practical and/or laboratory sessions One by 1.5 – 2 hours per week. These are combined laboratory/tutorial sessions and students are expected to have completed an additional ~1 hour pre-lab work before coming to class.
Attendance is compulsory. Students MUST attend their allocated laboratory/tutorial time. Occasional change of time may be permitted by prior arrangement with the unit coordinators. Assessment tasks (Lab quizzes and in-class essay) occur during laboratory/tutorial sessions. Laboratories start in week one of semester. Students should check the unit web site http://www.lab.anhb.uwa.edu.au/anhb1101/ at least two weeks prior to the start of semester for information on how they are allocated to laboratory groups.
Note: Students undertaking this unit require an anatomy licence. To comply with this regulation, student names are automatically entered in the School of Anatomy and Human Biology's Register of Anatomy Licences.
Practical sessions are combined laboratory/tutorial session. See above
Topics : For details of times and venues of all teaching sessions please consult the university timetable at http://www.timetable.uwa.edu.au/
Human evolution 1: Human biology and evolution
Human evolution 2: science evolution & religion
Human evolution 3: how evolution explains life on earth
Relethford, J. The Human Species: an Introduction to Biological Anthropology, 6th ed.: Mayfield 2005
Saladin, K. Anatomy and Physiology: the Unity of Form and Function, 3rd ed.:McGraw-Hill 2004
Unit web site All enrolled students have access to the unit website (http://www.lab.anhb.uwa.edu.au/ANHB1101). This site will be used for notices, posting of general unit information and supplementary course materials (eg lecture handouts; useful web links), email, online tests and practice quizzes. It is strongly recommended that you log onto this site on a daily basis. Some parts of this website are restricted and enrolled students will need an ANHB undergraduate computing account. Details of how to obtain this account will be posted on the unit website.
All enrolled students also have access to WebCT (http://webct.uwa.edu.au). This site will be used to host the online lectures, for posting of continuous assessment results and host a discussion forum. Students are encouraged to pose questions about course content on the discussion forum of the site so that all class members can view and contribute to the discussion.
6 tests, one per fortnight during semester
4 tests, one every 3 weeks during semester
Week 9 of semester
One 2-hour theory examination
End of semester examinations
One 1-hour practical examination
End of semester examinations
The University of Western Australia takes very seriously the matter of academic misconduct by students and has policies in place that define misconduct (including plagiarism) and the penalties that apply. The consequences for misconduct can be severe, including exclusion from the university.
All students are expected to make themselves aware of the definitions and policies relating to academic misconduct, found at the websites below, and with any additional requirements or stipulations that may be provided by individual unit co-ordinators.