EXERSCI 103 : Human Anatomy


2021 Semester One (1213) (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

In Human Anatomy, we explore the structure and function of the human musculoskeletal and peripheral nervous systems' major components. Students will develop a culturally-responsive understanding of anatomy and health by exploring the Māori world view of the human body. After completing this course, students will be able to identify and describe the anatomy of bones, joints, muscles, peripheral nerves; understand muscle groups' actions on the movement of the human body, and; appreciate the links between human anatomy, function and health. 

EXERSCI 103 is a mandatory course for students majoring in Exercise Sciences for their undergraduate degree. This course is also suitable for non-Exercise Science students interested in the human body's anatomical organisation. Potentially interested groups include future exercise scientists, engineers, biomedical scientists, and athletes.

The course will be delivered using a blended learning and teaching model. Students will engage with material via 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 2: Critical Thinking
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. Demonstrate an understanding of anatomical movements and planes, types of bones, joints and muscles, and main features of bones, major muscle groups and peripheral nerves (Capability 1)
  2. Identify and describe using models, diagrams and themselves the main features of bones, ligaments and major muscle groups (Capability 1)
  3. Identify 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 and 2)
  4. Understand and describe the peripheral nervous system and the muscles innervated by the main branches of the brachial and lumbosacral plexi (Capability 1)
  5. Effectively communicate anatomical language by using correct terminology (Capability 4)
  6. Identify and use appropriate resources to support inquiry and autonomous learning of human anatomy (Capability 5)
  7. Recognise and describe the Māori world view applicable to human anatomy/mātai tinana (Capability 6)


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


Weekly Tuākana tutorials (optional) are offered to Māori and Pacific Island students throughout the semester. For more information and to find contact details for the EXERSCI 103 Tuākana coordinator, please see https://www.auckland.ac.nz/science/study-with-us/maori-and-pacific-at-the-faculty/tuakana-programme.html.

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: Māori view of the human body
Module 7: the hip
Module 8: the knee
Module 9: the ankle and foot
Module 10: the nervous system

Special Requirements

Labs take place in the Multi-Disciplinary Laboratories (MDL) at Grafton Campus. Attendance at all lab sessions is compulsory. Students 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 9 am to 5 pm 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.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Attendance is expected at lectures and labs, and encouraged at tutorials, to complete components of the course.
Lectures will be available as recordings. Other learning activities including tutorials and labs will not be available as recordings.
The course will include live online events including group discussions and tutorials.
Attendance on campus is required for the test/exam.
The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable.

Learning Resources

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

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.

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.


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.

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 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.

This course is run in accordance with principles of equity (rather than equality), recognizing that each student's
circumstances, extra-curricular burdens, and needs are dierent. If you have circumstances that you think will
aect your ability to perform or complete work in this course, please get in touch with the course coordinator.
Key points:
Usually, reasonable requests made before the work is due (NOT retrospectively) will be granted.
Proof may be required of the reason for the request (e.g. a medical certicate). This can be done through
Student Health and Counselling ServicesLinks to an external site. as appropriate.
Extensions can only be granted by the course coordinator.
Assignments that are handed in after the due date and time will receive a late penalty unless you have obtained
an extension prior to the due date or subsequently prove circumstances outside your control prevented you
from completing the assignment in time. Assignment penalties will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and your assessment is fair, and not compromised. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the University Website for information about how to proceed.

The following conditions will apply under the different COVID-19 alert levels:

Level 1: Delivery normally as specified in delivery mode.
Level 2: You will not be required to attend in person. All teaching and assessment will have a remote option.
The following activities will also have an on-campus option: labs, office hours.
Level 3 and 4: All teaching and assessment will be conducted remotely, using video conferencing.

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 24/02/2021 09:57 p.m.