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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedGippsland First semester 2010 (Day)
Peninsula First semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Mr Peter Freeman (Gippsland), Mr Tom Jeavons (Peninsula)


The major themes of study are levels of body organisation, body support and movement, and cardiopulmonary physiology. The unit introduces students to the scientific methods of thought; it encourages the critical evaluation of evidence, and promotes an awareness of the changing nature of medical knowledge. Topics include the chemical and cellular basis of human life; integration of body functions and homeostasis; the structure and function of the integumentary system; the structure and function of the musculoskeletal system; the structure and function of the cardiovascular system and the lymphatic system; and the structure and function of the respiratory system; and host-microbe interactions.


  1. apply the concept of homeostasis to physiological processes;
  2. describe the basic structure and function of tissues, cells, and cellular components of the human body;
  3. relate the structure of the integumentary system to its function across the lifespan;
  4. relate the structure of the major bones and muscles to the functions of support and movement;
  5. relate the structure of the heart, circulatory and lymphatic systems to the functions of tra nsport and maintenance of homeostasis;
  6. relate the structure of the respiratory system to the mechanics of ventilation and the processes of gas exchange and transport;
  7. describe the major groups of microbes which interact with humans and explain the nature of these interactions
  8. observe, measure and present clinical data and discuss the validity of the data; and
  9. apply theoretical concepts to simulated clinical scenarios to develop a framework for the scientific understanding of clinical practice.


On-line test: 10%
Laboratory work: 30%
Examination (2 hours): 60%

Chief examiner(s)

Mr Tom Jeavons


NUR1301 and BMS1021 and BMS2011 and BMS2031 and PHY2021