Faculty of Science

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Science
OfferedGippsland First semester 2015 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2015 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Mr Peter Freeman


Support and movement will examine human and animal systems involved in body support and movement with emphasis on structure, function and physiological control mechanisms. The unit will consist of three themed sections: Musculoskeletal System, Nervous System, Cardiorespiratory structure and function. The unit will also explore interactions between systems in the maintenance of homeostasis. Laboratory and workshop classes are divided into two streams: the human/medical stream or the animal/veterinary stream; students select the stream appropriate to their study program and interests.


Upon completion of the unit the students will be able to:

  1. Describe the structure of bone and identify the major bones and bone markings. Explain the relationships between the structure of joints to the functional characteristics of the joints. Relate bone markings to the functioning of the musculoskeletal system.
  2. Explain the relationships between structure and function of skeletal muscle and outline the control of force production by skeletal muscle.
  3. Outline the processing of information within the central nervous system.
  4. Explain the concept of homeostasis and the principles of negative and positive feedback mechanisms, illustrated within the context of movement.
  5. Describe the structure and function of the heart, blood and blood vessels, and how the perfusion of the body's tissues is maintained and regulated according to physiological need.
  6. Explain how the respiratory system adapts to meet physiological demand;
  7. Demonstrate an awareness of ethics, ethics approvals and the ethical treatment of humans and animals.
  8. Develop skills in the measurement of physiological parameters and the collection, analysis, interpretation and communication of experimental data.
  9. Communicate effectively via written, verbal and visual/graphic means.


Quizzes: 10%
Workshop assessment: 30%
Examination: 60%

Workload requirements

Two 1-hour lectures and one 3-hour workshop/laboratory per week

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Chief examiner(s)

Off-campus attendance requirements

A two day workshop session

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study



ANT2331 and BIO2752