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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Dr Chantal Hoppe



  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


This unit provides students with basic knowledge of the structure of the human body. It describes how tissues are combined to form organs, and how organs and organ systems are organized to form adult body structure. The microscopic and macroscopic structure of the human body and some major body systems are covered. Imaging modalities for examining the body are described including X-ray, CT, and MRI. The general body plan is described and how the body plan is established during embryogenesis is discussed.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Describe the basic microscopic and macroscopic anatomical structure of the human body and some of the major body systems;

  1. Explain how the general body plan is established in the embryo and the processes of organogenesis;

  1. Explain how the structure of the adult body is a reflection of how the body developed in prenatal life;

  1. Describe the major congenital abnormalities associated with key organ systems;

  1. Work effectively in pairs and/or a group to develop and prepare a collaborative report;

  1. Demonstrate the ability to undertake practical-based research to address specific experimental questions in developmental biology;

  1. Demonstrate an ability to conduct literature-based research, to identify key knowledge and concepts in the field of anatomy and developmental biology.


Practical and laboratory assessments: 25%
Mid-semester tests: 25%
Final examination: 50%

A pass in the final examination of the unit must be obtained to pass the unit.

Workload requirements

Three lectures and one 3-hour practical class per week

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Chief examiner(s)

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


DEV2011 or equivalent. (Note that students in course 3543 Bachelor of Biotechnology are exempt from this rule.)