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
OfferedClayton Second semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Wendy MacLeod


The nature of disease and its aetiology. Key terms used in pathology. Injury to cells and tissues. Inflammation. Repair mechanisms Neoplasia. Pathology of the musculo-skeletal and respiratory systems. Developmental anatomy of the respiratory system. Respiratory physiology. Skeletal and soft tissue anatomy of the vertebral column, thorax and shoulder girdle. Radiographic anatomy of the abdomen, pelvis, vertebral column, bony thorax and shoulder. Radiographic appearances of common disorders affecting the appendicular and axial skeletons (excluding skull) and respiratory system.


This unit has three components: pathology, the respiratory system and the musculoskeletal system comprising the vertebral column, the thorax, the pelvic and shoulder girdles. On completion of this unit students should have a sound understanding of the anatomical and physiological principles pertinent to the respiratory system, have a thorough understanding of the structure and functional relationships of the tissues of the pelvic and shoulder girdles and the axial skeleton [excluding the skull] and their associated joints; have a detailed knowledge of the associated topographic and surface anatomy; have a basic understanding of the common muscular and skeletal disorders affecting the vertebral column, thorax, shoulder and pelvic girdles and their radiographic appearances; have a detailed knowledge of the radiographic appearances of the skeletal and soft tissues elements of the axial skeleton [excluding the skull], pelvic and shoulder girdles, thorax, and respiratory organs.


Written examination (3 hours): 60%
Essay: 15%
Image recognition examination (1 hour): 25%

Chief examiner(s)

Mrs Imelda Williams


RAD1021, RAD1031 and RAD1061