The study of anatomy and histology does not begin until second year. In first year, students are advised to study maths, biology and chemistry and one other subject of choice.
Anatomy and histology begins with the study of cell structure and the basic tissues of the mammalian body. In semester two, the unit covers musculoskeletal anatomy and compares living humans and apes with fossil hominids.
Concepts in Neuroanatomy - a broad introduction into the mystery and wonder of the brain - is also offered.
The units offered by anatomy and histology in third year include topographical anatomy, neuroscience and advanced neuroscience, microscopy and histochemistry, transmission and scanning electron microscopy, cells and development, forensic osteology.
Neuroscience: Motor Systems and Behaviour
Cranial and Cervical Anatomy (Advanced)
Cellular and Developmental Neuroscience
Microscopy and Histochemistry
Further study for major
Rich opportunities for honours and postgraduate research are available in a variety of anatomy and histology related fields including the biology of the retina, the organisation of the visual pathways, the pathways underlying pain, the formation of brain circuitry, the fundamentals of embryonic development, the causes of developmental abnormalities and the molecular basis of muscle contraction.
The Discipline of Anatomy and Histology maintains a large catalogue of specimens for education and research. Research tools include a high-resolution transmission electron microscope and confocal microscope and excellent specimen preparation facilities. Other facilities include automated electrophoresis, high-pressure liquid chromatography, standard histology, immuno-cytochemistry, in-situ hybridisation and surgery. The discipline also houses major museums such as the JT Wilson Museum of Anatomy and the JL Shellshear Museum.
Graduates who hold a major in anatomy and histology are eligible for membership of the Australian Academy of Anatomical Studies.
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