Anatomy and Physiology Systems I

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Anatomy and Physiology Systems I

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Anatomy, Biology, Human Biology, Physiology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Course Description
    A number of major body systems will be covered, integrating anatomy with physiology. This course includes lectures and laboratory experiences in the study of the musculoskeletal system, nervous system, endocrine and reproductive systems, it will provide foundational knowledge for students destined to undertake advanced studies in anatomy and physiology. The theory presented in this course is supported by practical laboratory experiences including the study of cadaveric material, making the learning of human anatomy and physiology rich and multifaceted.
    Course Introduction
    This course develops knowledge and deep understanding of 4 systems of the human body: musculoskeletal; nervous (including special senses); endocrine and reproductive. Students will be guided by the lecturers, lecture notes, textbook and laboratories to gain a deep understanding of the anatomy and physiology of these specific body systems. Students will encounter a steep learning curve in the synthesis and understanding of anatomical and physiological terminology. This learning curve is essential in order to develop skills in effective oral and written communication using correct language. The musculoskeletal system in particular requires correct identification and naming of a large number of muscles,bones and their functions. The best way to study this material is to develop an understanding of how structure and function are inter-related, making learning meaningful.
    Course Aims
    This course, aims to help students build up a working knowledge of the developmental, histological, anatomical and physiological aspects of a selection of human body systems. Clinical relevant discussions of each system will also be incorporated into the course as much as possible. Students are required to integrate information from both lectures and practical classes of each system studied.
    This course aims to provide a solid foundation of anatomy and physiology knowledge for four of the systems of the human body onto which future studies in the fields of medicine, oral health and dentistry, pharmacy, exercise science and biomedical science can be built. It also aims to enthuse students about the wonders of the human body and induct them into the world of Health.
    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1 Correctly use anatomical and physiological terms as they relate to the human body.
    2 Identify and describe the key bones ( including their features) of the axial and appendicular skeleton as specified and described by the instructor. Identify key structure and function of key muscles as described by the instructor. Understand the general organization of the musculoskeletal system and the physiological basis of human movement.
    3 Identify and describe the anatomical and physiological attributes of the brain and spinal cord as described and specified by the instructor. Identify and describe anatomical and physiological attributes of selected peripheral nerves including the 12 cranial nerves. Understand and describe the structure and function of the autonomic nervous systems.
    4 Understand the physiological basis of specific reflex responses as indicated by the instructor.
    5 Identify the anatomical structure and physiological functions of the components of the special senses ie. vision, audition, olfaction, gustation. To gain an understanding of specific cellular processes that allow visual, auditory, olfactory and gustatory perception.
    6 Identify the anatomical features, and physiological functions, of the major organs of the endocrine system, specifically the pituitary, thyroid and adrenal glands. Develop an ability to predict endocrine dysfunction by working through specific case studies with the instructor.
    7 Identify the anatomical features and the physiological function of the major organs of the male and female reproductive systems as specified and described by the instructor.
    8 Understand selected anatomical & physiological attributes of pregnancy & foetal development as specified by the instructor. This includes the hormonal control of the gonads, conception, implantation and selected anatomical and physiological changes of pregnancy.
    9 Demonstrate competency in laboratory procedures including organ dissection, microscopy, human and animal tissue handling, and identification of anatomical structures on human cadaveric material.

    Assessment Task

    Weighting/Marked out of

    Test or quiz
    Laboratory Exam 1 G40


    Exam - selected and constructed responses
    Mid Semester Exam


    Test or quiz
    Laboratory Exam 2 G40


    Exam - selected and constructed responses
    End of Semester Exam


Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.