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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 Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedGippsland First semester 2011 (Day)
Peninsula First semester 2011 (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. explain how electrochemical signals are conducted within the nervous system;
  5. relate the structure of the major bones and muscles to the functions of support and movement;
  6. relate the structure of the heart, circulatory and lymphatic systems to the functions of transport and maintenance of homeostasis;
  7. relate the structure of the respiratory system to the mechanics of ventilation and the processes of gas exchange and transport;
  8. describe the major groups of microbes which interact with humans and explain the nature of these interactions
  9. observe, measure and present clinical data and discuss the validity of the data; and
  10. apply theoretical concepts to simulated clinical scenarios to develop a framework for the scientific understanding of clinical practice.


On-line test: 20%
Laboratory work: 30%
Examination (2 hours): 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Mr Tom Jeavons

Contact hours

3 hours of lectures, 1 hour tutorial and 2 hours practical or online work per week. An additional 6 hours of private study is recommended.


Must be enrolled in 3892 - Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelor of Emergency Health (Paramedic) or 3953 - Bachelor of Nursing Practice and Bachelor of Midwifery or 3963 Bachelor of Nursing Practice


HSC1101, BMS1021 and BMS2011 and BMS2031 and PHY2021