Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedBerwick First semester 2012 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2012 (Day)
Peninsula First semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Sharon Flecknoe/Dr Tom Jeavons (Berwick), Dr Andrew Davies (Gippsland), Dr Wayne Sturrock (Peninsula)


The major themes of study are levels of body organisation, body support and movement, and cardiovascular 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; an introduction to the nervous system and the endocrine system, the structure and function of the musculoskeletal system; the structure and function of the cardiovascular system and the lymphatic 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 endocrine system to the integration of body functions
  6. relate the structure of the major bones and muscles to the functions of support and movement;
  7. relate the structure of the heart, circulatory and lymphatic systems to the functions of transport and maintenance of homeostasis;
  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.


Online tests: 20%
Laboratory test: 30%
Examination (2 hours): 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Wayne Sturrock

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 course code 0727, 3445, 3562, 3869, 3892, 3953, 3963, 4506, 2552


BMS1021 and BMS2011 and BMS2031 and PHY2021