EXERSCI 103 : Human Anatomy


2023 Semester One (1233) (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 system. Students will develop a culturally-responsive understanding of anatomy and health by exploring the Maori world view of the human body. After completing this course, students will be able to: identify and describe the anatomy of bones, joints, muscles, and peripheral nerves; understand muscle 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 students training for the following careers: exercise scientists, physiotherapists, clinical exercise physiologists, people working in sport and exercise or health sciences, athletes, biomedical scientists and bioengineers.

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 (online lectures, online anatomy software, practice quizzes), laboratories using anatomical models 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. Identify anatomical directions, planes and movements, and types of bones, joints and muscles (Capability 1)
  2. Indentify and describe using models, diagrams and on your own body the main features of bones, ligaments and major muscle groups (Capability 1)
  3. Identify and explain the origins, insertions and innervation of the muscles of the limbs and trunk, and the actions of muscles on movement of the human body (Capability 1 and 2)
  4. Identify 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 the Māori world view applicable to human anatomy/matai tinana (Capability 6)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Lab quizzes 25% Individual Coursework
Quiz 15% Individual Test
Mid-term test 20% Individual Test
Final exam 40% Individual Examination
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Lab quizzes
Mid-term test
Final exam
There are 8 graded lab quizzes. The best 5 grades out of 8 quizzes will contribute to 25% of the final grade.


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Regular Tuākana tutorials are provided for Māori and Pacific students. These are optional small group sessions providing study support and cover content from the course that students bring to the session.   

Special Requirements

This course comprises of eight 2 hour laboratory sessions. These labs are compulsory attendance and there is a graded quiz at the end of each lab.

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 pre-recorded lecture content, 20 hours of laboratories/tutorials, 54 hours of reading and thinking about the content and 52 hours of work on test preparation.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Attendance is required at scheduled labs to complete the practical components of the course and the lab quiz.
Lecture material is pre-recorded with one in-person tutorial each week to cover any questions related to lecture material. Attendance is not compulsory at lecture tutorials, however attendance is strongly recommended for optimal learning. Other learning activities including seminars, labs and clinics will not be recorded.
Attendance on campus is required for the lab quizzes, lecture quiz, mid-term test and final exam, subject to COVID-19 restrictions.
The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable.

Learning 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.

Highly Recommended text:
Moore K.L., Dalley A.F., Agur A. M. R (2018). Clinically Oriented Anatomy (8th ed.). Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer

Health & Safety

A lab coat and closed shoes are required for the practical laboratory sessions

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.

Feedback from students in 2022 identified the value of learning through practical sessions and limited benefit from in-person lectures. In response to this, the course will provide all lecture content as pre-recorded seminars with one in-person tutorial each week.  Anatomy is also used as an online interactive resource allowing students to navigate through anatomy revision at a time that suits them.

Lab sessions will provide more practical content and an opportunity for students to consolidate their learning from online resources through discussions with peers and lab tutors.

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.

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.


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.

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 course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

The delivery mode may change depending on COVID restrictions. Any changes will be communicated through Canvas.

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 students may be asked to submit 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. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.

Published on 02/11/2022 11:13 a.m.