Taken Semester 1 2020
I really enjoyed it. Did you know there are two bones in your forearm that cross over when you rotate your wrist? Now you do. Basically a crash course on all the pieces in the human body. Personally I was surprised by how finite all the muscles are. There's a couple hundred of them and then … that's it. That's all of them. The nerves though? They're a b*tch
Semester 1 - 2017
Bachelor of Science
Yes - but they supply books
LOVED THIS COURSE, took it semester 1 2019. It was definitely challenging at times, but so worth it. The course overall is content heavy (expect to learn so much content you feel as though your head might explode), but if you keep on top of it each week (which isn't hard to do with the practicals being a great incentive to keep up) it is definitely manageable.
I paid for Kenhub and I really don't think it was worth it for me. Watch some videos online (theres one of an american guy in a lab teaching his students how to learn the arm muscles easily which helped me do really well in the midsemester spotter) and look up practice spotter exams online and you'll find that some university websites have some that are free to use. I didn't use the textbook much, I highly recommend the picture atlas or whatever it is that is recommended by the course for the waiting period before the spotters (you will be in a room unable to use electronics but able to study with paper notes for up to an hour and a half before the actual exam) so I highly recommend printing/photocopying (from library) pages from there as you can test yourself with something like what you will be tested on in the spotter.
my tips are:
-make a document which has a list of all the things you cover so you can identify what you dont know on the 3rd floor of the BSL with the anatomical models.
-if you can afford it (i got it instead of the textbook), get an anatomy app (i got one called the visual body atlas or something, it was about $45) and cut away the muscles and ligaments etc that you know as you get them correctly until you're left with nothing. this helped me much more than the anatomical models in the BSL bc you can't move the muscles away to see others
-if its crunch time and you need to figure out where to start studying for the midsem: learn the damn muscles and bones. learn the things on the bone. learn the main muscle and origin insertion points (NOT ALL) eg. masseter, temporalis, sternocleidomastoid... its just not worth spending all that time when theres gonna be like MAX 10 questions out of 64 on it. ask your tutors for suggestions on what to study, they will likely give you good tips
-study in groups for the second spotter, teach each other the systems
-draw out the systems, visualise each step for the final!!!
-on the final theory, write what you can then write more. if you have extra time at the end just start writing about anything thats even somewhat relevant, they wont mark you down on it, just show them you know the anatomy and they might give you marks for trying (?)
Semester 1 - 2017
definitely watch them online if you cant attend
might help, probs not tho.. just photocopy what you need from the library
My favourite course so far! BIOM2020 is an interesting, fast-paced and detailed course that provides a great introduction to human anatomy! The lecturers are all extremely invested and experienced and I truly cannot fault them. It is obvious that really they want their students to succeed and will do anything to help them! Dr Stephan is approachable and fair course coordinator and I honestly have the utmost respect for him.
The practicals, while optional, are extremely useful (so long as you put in the work before hand) and the tutors are absolutely amazing. If you want to pass the course, it's probably best that you attend ALL of them as they provide experiences that the textbooks can't.
Assessments are moderately easy (however, the statistics assignment is extremely time consuming and frustrating) but can be intimidating (i.e. the practical exams). That's not to say that the course isn't difficult - it is probably the most challenging course that I've completed thus far but also the most rewarding.
Overall, BIOM2020 is a great course if you are prepared to put in the work!
Semester 1 - 2016
BSc, biomedical science
YES! They often don\'t record the review lectures and sometimes the lecturers step away from the mic to make comments.
Yes. Other resources (such as Kenhub) are also valuable.
This course is really overwhelming, do not do for a fun elective! The content is really interesting, and I enjoyed learning it but there is just too much squeezed in to one semester. I think this course would benefit from being broken up into more than one course. 7 contact hours a week is too much, especially considering how much prep work needs to be done. There is too much to remember, and it is difficult to keep up if you can't spare that much time due to other commitments. The lecturers are all good, and their passion is tangible which is really important. The stats component was really helpful, but the coding in R was horrible. Get rid of the R bit and the stats component would be the best stats component I have ever done. I wish that there had been more learning materials to help memorise the vast amounts of stuff we had to memorise, and to better visualise the systems when we weren't able to be in the GAF.
Semester 2 - 2014
no, but tutorials are important and it is difficult to catch up if you miss many
an anatomy text book is necessary
BIOM2020 is one of the best courses I have completed at UQ so far. I completed it during the summer semester between 2013/14 and it was worth giving up the holiday. The biostats assignment was a bit confusing - not because we weren't taught functions in class - but because there was no general overview of coding, which was disappointing as most of the students had never done this before. However, it was relatively easy to do well in the assignment with the resources available (I have never coded before and got a 6, my friends who had more experience using R got 7s). The course is taught extremely well, each lecturer was interesting and obviously very knowledgeable about their own subject, and the practical sessions are useful and fun. For many, it is the first time working with cadavers but I don't think anyone was apprehensive thanks to the attitude of the teaching staff in the laboratory. It was clear we should feel nothing but extremely grateful for the people who donated their bodies, and it was amazing to have the opportunity to learn from the lab and anatomy museum specimens.
I really enjoyed this course, I would recommend it to anyone able to enrol in the course, especially as what you learn can be so easily applied to your own body.
Semester 2 - 2013
One of my most favourite subjects so far! BIOM2020 is a SUPER interesting course and a great introduction to Human Anatomy! Lectures are really fun and highly interesting and the lecturers like to interact with students and ask questions as they teach. Assessments are reasonably easy (as long as you know basic statistics i.e. do STAT1201 before you take this course) and all the lecturers are awesome & friendly! Course content is structured really well and becomes more and more interesting as the semester progresses! The practicals are optional so students don't have to attend them, but it is highly recommended you attend them if you want to pass the course!
Teaching style in the practicals is very laid back, students are given a prac manual which gives you instructions on how to examine cadavers/wet specimens and also has exam style questions that you can answer as your progress through a practical session. Tutors are usually walking around the labs and they assist you with examining specimens and answer any questions you have. The course has 3 exams: 2 practical exams (1 mid-semester, 1 EOS) and 1 EOS theory exam. The mid-semester prac exam generally covers content from the first 4-5 weeks of semester and the EOS prac exam covers content from the rest of the semester.
Prac exams are held in the gross anatomy facility (GAF) and consist of a variety of different wet/dry/plastinated specimens which are laid out on tables. A particular part of each specimen (i.e. a muscle, bone, organ...etc) is pinned with a tiny pin. One student is assigned to every table and each student is given an answer sheet. Students have to identify the pinned structure/bone/organ on the specimen and write down the answer on their answer sheet. Students have ~54 seconds to answer each question at each table. After 54 seconds, a bell sounds and students move one table to the left (or right) and identify the next specimen.
If you attend all (or most) lectures/pracs, revise every week and keep on top of all work, then the EOS exam is also reasonably easy. It generally covers everything taught during the semester and consists of both multiple choice and short answer questions.
Overall a really great course and if you're a BSc or Biomed student that's aiming to study Medicine later on, I highly recommend you take this course! It's a very ~gentle~ and well-structured intro to Human Anatomy and will help you greatly throughout your degree(s) :) Learning resources for this course are also great! Aside from the textbook and reasonably detailed lecture notes/prac manual, the GAF is open to students 4 days a week (from 9-4 I think), and anatomy students can go down there and study the specimens.
PS. Course coordinator will not email you Blackboard announcements so make sure to check BB regularly for updates! This lecture also has lecture recordings for those of you wondering, but don't rely on the recordings!! This course is super fun and interesting so go to your lectures!
Semester 1 - 2013