Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitSchool of Biomedical Sciences
OfferedBerwick Second semester 2015 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2015 (Day)
Peninsula Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Natalie Bennett


This unit is the second in a sequence of two health science units that provides foundation knowledge of human anatomy and physiology relevant to the allied health professions of nursing and midwifery. The unit develops further the critical evaluation of evidence and an awareness of the changing nature of knowledge in the health sciences. The major themes in this unit of study are; body support and movement, and cardiopulmonary anatomy and physiology, the respiratory system, the urinary system and the control of body fluids; the digestive system and the processing of nutrients in the body; the lymphoid/immune system, and microbes and infection.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Relate the structure of the major bones, joints and muscles to the functions of support and movement;
  2. Relate the structure of the heart, circulatory and lymphatic systems to the functions of transport and maintenance of homeostasis;
  3. Relate the structure of the respiratory system to the mechanics of ventilation and the processes of gas exchange and transport;
  4. Relate the structure of the digestive system to digestive, absorptive, and metabolic functions;
  5. Relate the structure of the urinary system to excretory functions and fluid balance;
  6. Describe the major groups of microbes which interact with humans and explain the nature of these interactions, incorporating the protective roles of the body's innate and adaptive defences;
  7. Observe, measure and present clinical data and discuss the validity of the data; and
  8. Develop skills in linking underlying physiological principles to the care of a client in a clinical scenario.


Online test (10%)
Mid-semester exam (1 hour) (20%)
Laboratory test (30%)
Examination (2 hours) (40%)

Hurdle: Attendance at 100% of tutorials and laboratory sessions, unless a medical certificate is provided.

Workload requirements

3 hours of lectures, 1 hour of tutorial and 2 hours practical or online work per week. An additional 6 hours per week of private study is recommended.

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)



Must be enrolled in courses 0727 or 2552 or 3562 or 3892 or 3953 or 3963 or 4506 or 4514.