Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitSchool of Biomedical Sciences
OfferedClayton First semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Colin McHenry & Prof Paul McMenamin


This course is an introduction to human anatomy. It includes an overview of general principles of major body systems. This will be followed by a consideration of specific areas of regional anatomy from an evolutionary perspective. Namely, what distinguishes the human body from other primates, mammals and indeed vertebrates and how have these adaptations of anatomy contributed in a functional context to us being so successful. Practical classes will involve exposure to human cadaver prosections, skeletal material, models and a range of imaging modalities including X-rays, CT scans etc.


After completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. describe the structure of the human body in an evolutionary context and think about "why we are what we are".

  1. describe the functional basis of human structure and how this is determined by a long evolutionary history

  1. illustrate the general scientific principles of organization of the major body systems

  1. understand be able to discuss features of topographical anatomy that are distinctive to humans, including adaptations to bipedalism, tool-making hands, naked skin and the senses and brain

  1. evaluate the links between human anatomy, its development and its evolutionary basis

  1. use anatomical terminology in oral and written communications

  1. Demonstrate observational and descriptive skills in relation to dissected anatomical specimens and radiographs

  1. Work effectively as a member of a learning team


In semester tutorial participation - 10%, Mid semester (wk 6) image exam 20%, Theory examinations: 50%, final image examination, 20%

Chief examiner(s)


Must be enrolled in course code 2230, 3356, 3404, 3528, 3879, 3975, 3976, 4417