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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

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

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Science
OfferedGippsland Second semester 2011 (Day)
Sunway Second semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Olivia Tee Hui Yew


This unit covers human anatomy in its broadest sense; structural and functional at the macroscopic, microscopic (histologic) and developmental (embryological) levels. Topographic studies start with the limbs and back, then the trunk, and will conclude with the head and neck. Histology starts with cell structure and function and the four primary tissue types, followed by the histology of blood vessels. Embryology starts with fertilization and follows with the development of the organs, emphasizing how the study of development helps us to understand the organisation of the body. The course encompasses anatomical and medical terminology. Skills in observation, description and communication are developed.


On completion of this unit students will have a comprehensive, but not necessarily detailed, knowledge and understanding of the macroscopic structure and functions of the regions and systems of the human body, the microscopic structure and functions of the cell types and tissues of which the human body is constructed and the embryological development of the human body; understand anatomical and related medical terminology; use anatomical and related medical terminology effectively in verbal and written communication; demonstrate observational and descriptive skills in relation to histological slides; dissected anatomical specimens and radiographs; work effectively as a member of a learning team.


Continuous practical assessment: 33.3%
Practical examination: 33.3%
Examination: 33.3%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Ton So Ha

Contact hours

Three 1-hour lectures, 3 hours group tuition and practical, 3 hours computer-assisted learning and 3 hours private study per week