EXERSCI 103 : Human Anatomy


2020 Semester One (1203) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

The study of the gross anatomical organisation of the neural, muscular and skeletal systems, with particular reference to the neck, limbs, back and abdominal wall. Practical work includes gross anatomy laboratories and CD-ROM study.

Course Overview

This course will develop an understanding of the structure and function of the major components of the human musculoskeletal and peripheral nervous systems. Students will identify and describe the anatomy of bones, joints, muscles and peripheral nerves and understand the actions of muscle groups on movement of the human body. Students will explore the links between human anatomy, function and health. An introduction to the Māori world view of the human body will develop culturally responsive understanding of anatomy and health.  A blended learning and teaching model is utilized in this course, including online preparation, learning resources and self-assessment activities (e.g. online lectures, software resources, videos, practice quizzes), face to face lectures, laboratories using anatomical models and joint dissections, and optional tutorials.

Course Requirements

Restriction: SPORTSCI 103

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 5: Independence and Integrity
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities
Graduate Profile: Bachelor of Science

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Describe anatomical movements and planes, types of bones, joints and muscles, and main features of bones, major muscle groups and peripheral nerves (Capability 1)
  2. Describe and explain the origins and insertions of the muscles of the limbs and trunk and the group actions of muscles on movement of the human body (Capability 1)
  3. Apply anatomical knowledge to the function of the human body including analysis of human movement (Capability 1)
  4. Understand and describe the link between human function, movement and health (Capability 1)
  5. Communicate effectively using correct anatomical terminology (Capability 4)
  6. Identify and effectively use appropriate resources to support inquiry and autonomous learning of human anatomy (Capability 5)
  7. Recognise and interpret the Māori view of health and the human body (Capability 6)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Test 10% Individual Test
Laboratories 20% Individual Coursework
Test 20% Individual Test
Final Exam 50% Individual Examination
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Final Exam

Key Topics

Module 1: human anatomy, movement and health
Module 2: the shoulder
Module 3: the elbow and forearm
Module 4: the wrist and hand
Module 5: the trunk
Module 6: Maori view of the human body
Module 7: the hip
Module 8: the knee
Module 9: the ankle and foot
Module 10: the nervous system

Learning Resources

Stone, R. J. & Stone J. A. (2009). Atlas of skeletal muscles (7th ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill.
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Special Requirements

Labs take place in the Multi-Disciplinary Laboratories (MDL) at Grafton Campus. Studnet MUST wear closed footwear and a lab coat to be allowed into the lab. Bags cannot be taken into the MDL nor is food and drink allowed.

Students will have access to the Medical Sciences Learning Centre (MSLC) at Grafton Campus. The MSLC has many study aides in the form of anatomy models and specimens. It's usually open from 9am to 5pm each workday for study and revision. There is strictly no food or photography allowed, nor can bags be taken into the MSLC.

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.

For this course, you can expect 24 hours of lectures, 16 hours of laboratories, 6 hours of tutorials, 60 hours of preparation work for lectures, reading and thinking about the content and 40 hours of work on practice quizzes and/or test preparation.

Digital Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.


The content and delivery of content in this course are protected by copyright. Material belonging to others may have been used in this course and copied by and solely for the educational purposes of the University under license.

You may copy the course content for the purposes of private study or research, but you may not upload onto any third party site, make a further copy or sell, alter or further reproduce or distribute any part of the course content to another person.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website at http://disability.auckland.ac.nz

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page: https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/academic-information/exams-and-final-results/during-exams/aegrotat-and-compassionate-consideration.html.

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Student Feedback

During the course Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the staff responsible for the course and staff-student consultative committees.

At the end of the course students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback.

Your feedback helps to improve the course and its delivery for all students.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter (https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/forms-policies-and-guidelines/student-policies-and-guidelines/student-charter.html).


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course you may be asked to submit your coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. The final decision on the completion mode for a test or examination, and remote invigilation arrangements where applicable, will be advised to students at least 10 days prior to the scheduled date of the assessment, or in the case of an examination when the examination timetable is published.

Published on 09/12/2019 10:44 a.m.