Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences


MEDSCI 201 - Human Structure and Function

15 Points

Semester 1
Grafton

Description


Presents the structure of biological systems with special reference to human biology, from the levels of histology through to gross anatomy. Specific examples of the correlation between structure and function will be considered. An introduction to current techniques for the visualisation of biological structure will be presented.

Overview


This course presents the structure of biological systems with special reference to human biology, from the levels of histology through to gross anatomy. Specific examples of the correlation between structure and function will be considered. An introduction to current techniques for the visualisation of biological structure will be presented.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs) of the course


Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to: 

  1. Describe in depth the importance of particular organ systems. 

  2. Describe the relationship between structure and function in any particular organ system.

  3. Demonstrate a holistic understanding of the complex interdependence of separate organ systems that together ensure reliable functioning of the human body. 

  4. Explain how any imbalance can affect health and lead to disease. 

  5. Integrate your practical skills to enhance your learning/understanding of particular organ systems. 

  6. Use and develop your intellectual and cognitive skills to complete any associated 'on‐task' activities. 

  7. Communicate your knowledge and understanding with fellow students, the academic faculty and the community. 

  8. Plan and evaluate your own progress toward achieving your academic, personal and professional goals. 

Requisites


Prerequisite:                                30 points from BIOSCI 107, HUMANBIO 142, MEDSCI 142 

Restriction:                                  ANATOMY 201

Enrolment capacity for 2019:         130

Waitlist GPA threshold:                 3.5 (C+/B‐ average) 

Assessment


Description

Content and format

Date

% of final grade

Lab test 1

Labs 1 and 2

Short‐answer questions

TBC; around week 5 or 6 of semester, 6:30‐7:30pm

5%

Lab test 2

Labs 3 and 4

Short‐answer questions

TBC; around week 9 or 10 of semester, 6:30‐7:30pm

5%

Lab test 3

Labs 5 and 6

Short‐answer questions

TBC; usually the first Monday of the study break

5%

Mid‐semester test

First 17 lectures

Multiple‐choice questions 

TBC; around week 7 of semester, 6:30‐7:30pm

17%

End‐of‐semester test

Final 18 lectures

Multiple‐choice questions

TBC; usually the first day of the study break

18%

Final exam

All lectures

Short‐answer / diagrams

To be scheduled

50%

Course schedule


Lectures 

35 lectures, each of 50 minutes in duration.

 

Laboratory (practical) classes

A programme of six, fortnightly 2.5‐hour laboratory sessions complements the lectures. 

  1. Histology (histology)

  2. Joint (dissection of a bovine knee)

  3. Reproduction (dissection of bovine ovaries, histology, models and plastinated human tissue) 

  4. Renal & Alimentary (demonstration models; plastinated specimens; latexed kidneys; x‐rays; histology)

  5. Musculoskeletal system (plastinated human tissue with a focus on the upper limb)

  6. Cardio‐respiratory (dissection of a sheep lung; histology of airways and blood supply; histology of blood vessels)

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

1‐2

201 LEC ‐ Grafton

 

 

 

 

2‐3

 

 

 

201 LEC ‐ Grafton

 

3‐4

 

 

 

 

 

4‐5

 

 

 

 

 

5‐6

 

 

 

 

 

8‐9

 

 

 

 

 

9‐10

 

 

 

 

 

10‐11

 

201 LAB ‐ Grafton even weeks only

10:15‐12:45

 

201 LAB ‐ Grafton even weeks only

10:15‐12:45

 

11‐12

 

 

 

 

 

12‐1

 

 

201 LEC ‐ Grafton

 

 

Labs run fortnightly, in EVEN weeks only. In week 1 of the semester, there will be an ‘Introduction to the Medical Sciences Learning Centre and Human Anatomy Lab’ session. This opportunity is optional, and students may attend whichever session their timetable permits (Tuesday or Thursday of Week 1, 10:15am)

Additional information


Detailed information about this course is available on this page.

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MEDSCI 201 course outline
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Course Director


Course Coordinator