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MON2001 : Structure of the Human Body: an evolutionary and functional perspective (Monash University)

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s):
  • Owning School: Biomedical, Nutritional and Sports Scien
  • Teaching Location: Off Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 15
ECTS Credits: 8.0


This module 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.

Outline Of Syllabus

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.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion111:0011:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture81:008:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading122:0024:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical83:0024:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching11:001:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study412:0082:00Number = 41.5 and Student Hours = 83:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The module is body structure driven, with lectures providing theory prior to the practical work. Tutorial work improves teamwork skills and the use of cadavers enables students to understand the topograpghy and organisation of the human structure from an evolutionary perspective.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Lab exercise1802A20Mid semester (wk 6) image exam
Written Examination1202A50Theory Examination
Lab exercise1802A20Final Image Examination
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise2M10In semester tutorial participation
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Anatomical investigation and hands on experience provide a robust method of learning. The interpretation of anatomical images enables students to demonstrate their abilities, and contribution to tutorial work allows teamwork skills to be developed. The written exam provides the opportunity to develop and extrapolate their understanding.

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