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 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Justin Adams and 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.


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

  1. Demonstrate a basic anatomical literacy; i.e. describe and discuss the composition and relationships of the tissues, organs, systems, and regions that make up the human body.
  2. Relate anatomical structures (tissues, organs, systems) to basic developmental processes and contexts.
  3. Use comparative approaches to identify evolutionary and functional contexts of anatomical structures.
  4. Describe the specific evolutionary context of human anatomy.
  5. Use creative techniques (e.g. drawing, photography, body painting) to illustrate internal and external anatomy.
  6. Communicate anatomical information and concepts using a range of media (visual, oral presentation, writing).
  7. Relate sectional radiographic images to topological anatomy using digital 3D models.
  8. Work collaboratively to collect and analyse anatomical data.


In-semester tests (30%)
Group research project and presentation (15%)
Log book (for recording learning in practical classes) (25%)
End-of semester exam (2 hours) (30%)

A pass in the in-semester tests and the final exam must be obtained to pass the unit.

Chief examiner(s)

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


Must be enrolled in one of the following:
+ Bachelor of Biomedical Science (including double degree programs)
+ Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Scholar Program)
+ Bachelor of Biomedical Science Advanced with Honours
+ Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics