Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Biomedical Sciences


Dr Wayne Sturrock & Dr Natalie Bennett



  • First semester 2016 (Day)


  • First semester 2016 (Day)


This unit is the first in a sequence of two biomedical science units that provides foundation knowledge of human anatomy and physiology relevant to the allied health professions of nursing, midwifery and occupational therapy. Students will learn the biological basis of human health, and the workings of the human body. The unit introduces students to the scientific methods of thought; it encourages the critical evaluation of evidence, and promotes an awareness of the changing nature of medical knowledge. The major themes of study are the structural levels of body organisation, communication via the nervous and endocrine systems, the reproductive system and early stages of human development. Topics include the chemical and cellular basis of human life; integration of body functions and homeostasis; the structure and function of the integumentary system; the structure and function of the nervous; the endocrine system; and the reproductive system.


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

  1. Classify the levels of structural organisation, and give examples for homeostatic control mechanisms of them;
  2. Describe the processes occurring in the structural and functional divisions of the nervous system, and explain triggers of homeostatic imbalances;
  3. Distinguish the structural and functional areas of the brain, and discriminate between different causes of homeostatic imbalances;
  4. Identify the components of the endocrine system, and explain how they maintain homeostasis;
  5. Explain gametogenesis and fertilisation in the context of male and female reproductive structures;
  6. Systematically analyse the causes of homeostatic imbalances; and interpret symptoms using evidenced-based science.


Weekly online tests (MCQ) (10%)
Mid-semester exam (MCQ) (1 hour) (20%)
Laboratory test (25%)
Examination (MCQ/SAQ) (2 hours) (45%)

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

Workload requirements

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

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)


Must be enrolled in Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Nursing (Community Health), Bachelor of Nursing Practice, Diploma of Tertiary Studies, Bachelor of Emergency Health (Paramedic), Bachelor of Midwifery, Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours), or Bachelor of Health Sciences.