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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
OfferedClayton Second semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Jeff Kerr


This unit provides students with basic knowledge of the structure of the human body. It describes how tissues are combined to form organs, and how organs and organ systems are organized to form adult body structure. The microscopic and macroscopic structure of the major organs and organ systems are covered, including the cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, urinary, reproductive and nervous systems. Imaging modalities for examining the body are described including X-ray, CT, and MRI. The general body plan is described and how the body plan is established during embryogenesis is discussed.


On completion of this unit students will: understand the general structure of the human body; understand the microscopic and macroscopic structure of organs and organ systems; appreciate what structural information can be obtained with CT and MRI; understand how the general body plan is established in the embryo; have a basic understanding of limb development and limb regeneration.


Practical and laboratory assessments: 25%
Mid-semester tests: 25%
Final examination: 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Jeff Kerr

Contact hours

Three lectures and one 3-hour practical class per week


DEV2011 or equivalent


ANT2311, ANT2321, ANT2342