Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 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.

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 Natalie Bennett



  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


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, cardiovascular 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. Explain how the cardiovascular system facilitates transport and maintains homeostasis;
  3. Describe how the structures of the respiratory system enable ventilation and gas exchange;
  4. Locate the organs of the digestive system and describe the processes of digestion, absorption and metabolism;
  5. Discuss how urine is formed and the role of the kidneys in maintaining fluid composition and balance;
  6. Outline the body's innate and adaptive defences and how they determine the nature of interactions with microbes.


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.

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Chief examiner(s)



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