Anatomy of the Human Body

ANAT 100/3.0

This web-based anatomy course is designed to introduce to students the basic structure and functional relationship of the human body. Through a series of 5 study modules, students will learn about the basic language of Gross Anatomy and Histology in order to understand the working of various body systems. This course is also suitable for individuals who have a general interest in human anatomy.


ANAT 100, Anatomy of the Human Body is a web-based course suitable for students at all levels of post-secondary education with an interest in Human Anatomy. This foundational anatomy course is designed to introduce basic structure and functional relationship of the human body. The course entails the basic building blocks of the human body at the gross and microscopic levels. Through a series of learning modules that will include readings, group learning activities, assignments, inquiry, and a practicum that involves an interactive study using a virtual cadaver and Queen’s online data base of organs and tissues, students will discover and understand the functioning of various body systems. Each module of this course will focus on a system, and recognizing that for the beginning anatomist there is a lot of information to assimilate, the topics are structured from the simple to the complex.


2 Active Learning Activities30%
3 Major Quizzes30%
4 Assignments40%


Learning Outcomes

After completing ANAT 100, students will be able to:

  • Understand and utilize the basic language of human anatomy;
  • Apply standard anatomical terms and concepts for the purpose of identification, communication and critical reading of relevant anatomical (medical) literature;
  • Analyze and discuss the gross (macroscopic) and histology (microscopic) anatomy (and some relevant function) of the tissues and organs that constitute the human body;
  • Develop and apply a systematic logical thinking process to help you work through understanding the structure and function of the human body;
  • Describe the integrated relationship between histology and gross anatomy with respect to structure and function, and be able to apply that understanding to various aspects of development and function.


  • Foundations of the Human Anatomy
  • Skeletal System
  • Muscular System
  • Nervous System
  • Endocrine System


Dr. MacKenzie is a human anatomist and has been a faculty member with Queen’s University for 19 years. Over the past decade, Dr. MacKenzie has distinguished himself as an outstanding educator in anatomy. Dr. MacKenzie has received several awards and honors for Excellence in Teaching at Queen's University, attesting to his commitment and innovations in undergraduate education in anatomy. He teaches the disciplines of human anatomy to all levels of undergraduate and graduate students in the Faculties of Arts and Science, and Health Sciences at Queen’s University. He is co-founder and director of the MSc program in Anatomical Sciences. His field of study focuses on pedagogy in anatomical sciences. Teaching is a dynamic process that requires constant revision and skillful manipulation to be successful. Students learn more effectively if they are motivated, interact and engaged (active learning). Thus, the onus is on the teacher to implement strategies that promote and induce active learning that ultimately ends in the student being accountable for their learning. Anatomical Science Education Research: The didactic approach to anatomical sciences is the traditional lecture and lab. A more constructive method, however, is necessary for the majority of the students to become effective learners. I am currently evaluating many different strategies focused on active learning in large classes that are interactive and as practical as possible.

Dr. Koti is a Veterinarian with PhD in Immunology. Dr. Koti’s current research in the Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences focuses on delineating immune mediated mechanisms leading to development of chemotherapy resistance in high-grade serous epithelial ovarian cancer. In addition to conducting research in ovarian cancer, she is also actively involved in teaching anatomy, biochemistry and immunology courses in the Life Sciences program as well as, developing online courses at Queen’s University.

Time Commitment

Students can expect to spend approximately 10 hours a week (120 hours per term) in study/practice and online activities for ANAT 100.

Course Resources


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About Credit Units

Queen’s courses are weighted in credit units. A typical one-term course is worth 3.0 units, and a typical two-term course is worth 6.0 units. You combine these units to create your degree. A general (three-year) BA requires a total of 90 credit units.

Computer Requirements

To take an online course, you’ll need a good-quality computer (Windows XP/Vista/7, Pentium III, or Mac OS X 10.5, G4 or G5 processor, 256 MB RAM) with a high-speed internet connection, soundcard, speakers, and microphone, and up-to-date versions of free software (Explorer/Firefox, Java, Flash, Adobe Reader). See also Preparing For Your Course.


The deadlines for new applications to Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are in our Dates and Deadlines section.

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees vary depending when you start, your year, faculty, and program. Fees for 2014-15 first-year Distance Career Arts & Science Canadian students are as follows: for a 3.0-unit course, $605.31; for a 6.0-unit course, $1210.62. See also Tuition and Payment.

Grading Scheme

The information below is intended for undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Academic Regulations in other Faculties may differ.

Letter Grade Grade Point

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Campus Bookstore

All textbooks can be purchased at Queen’s Campus Bookstore.

Non-Queen’s Students

All Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are open to students at other universities. Before applying as a visiting student, request a Letter of Permission from your home university that states that you have permission to take the course and apply it to your degree. See also Apply.

Academic Integrity

Please see Queen’s policy statement on academic integrity for information on how to complete an online course honestly.