Human biology short course


This course is designed using a systems based approach to provide participants with a broad and thorough introduction to the anatomical structures and physiological functions of the human body.

It is offered to those wishing to build on or refresh their knowledge of human biology for their own interest and/or professional development.

A background in human anatomy and physiology is a prerequisite for entry to most postgraduate health science courses. Successful completion of this Human Biology Short Course meets the criteria of previous study in human biology for acceptance into several graduate-entry health care courses at Monash University. (Including the Master of Nursing Practice, the Master of Occupational Therapy Practice, the Master of Medical Ultrasound and the Master of Medical Radiation.) Other prerequisites for the Master of Nursing Practice – Graduate Entry course also apply. Please refer to the course handbook.

Applicants can register for the Human Biology Short Course almost anytime during the year to complete the eight course modules with assessment quizzes via flexible online delivery. Course participants will also enjoy the support of an online tutor throughout.

Participants are expected to have their own access to the internet. Once registered, participants are provided with course login information for online course access. Participants have eight weeks to successfully complete the Human Biology Short Course once they have 'logged in'.

Registrations for 2016 are now closed and will open again on January 3rd 2017. The online learning site will be available over the Christmas/New Year break for those who have commenced the course, but there will be no academic or administrative support over this period.

Course objectives

On completion of this course, the learner is expected to be able to:

  • discuss basic concepts surrounding human anatomy and physiology.
  • appropriately utilise anatomical terminology.
  • demonstrate basic knowledge of the human structure and function, from a microscopic level up to viewing the body as a whole structure.
  • relate the structure of the body systems and organs to their specific functions.
  • describe body organisation and how the systems of the human body are integrated to maintain human life.

Course structure

Eight online modules:

  • Body organisation
  • Homeostasis/structure and function of tissues and cells
  • The integumentary, skeletal  and muscular systems
  • Cardiovascular system
  • Respiratory and lymphatic and immune system
  • Nervous system
  • Urinary and endocrine system
  • Reproductive and digestive system

Course details

Participant Resources
  • Online Tutor Support
  • Monash University Online Resources (Moodle)
    Required Text Book

    Fundamentals of Anatomy & Physiology (Global Edition) (10e)
    Authors: Martini, Frederic H.; Nath, Judi L.; Bartholomew, Edwin F.
    Published: 2015
    Publisher: Pearson

    Available from the publisher for purchase online at in a range of formats and prices:

    eText version
    Fundamentals of Anatomy & Physiology Global Edition VitalSource eText (10e)  Edition: 10th

    ISBN 9781292068640

    Price: $60.00

    Hardcopy text bundle - Value Pack
    Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology (Global Edition) + Martini's Atlas of the Human Body (10e)
Edition: 10th

    ISBN: 9781488607196

    Price: $159.95

    Available from the Monash Bookshop online at Monash University Bookstore or at Monash Clayton Campus:

    Hardcopy and eText bundle: Value Pack
    Fundamentals of Anatomy & Physiology Global Edition + Modified Mastering A&P with eText + Martini's Atlas of the Human Body (10e)
Edition: 10th
    ISBN 9781488607219
    Price: $164.30

    Assessment 15 online quizzes of varying time limits
    Mode of Delivery Online, self directed study
    Recognition Participants will be issued with a certificate of completion
    Prerequisites There are no prerequisites
    Estimated Time Commitment  96 hours (including self directed study time)
    Course Fees2017 Registrants: $766 (a 10% GST will be added at time of payment)


    Registrations for the Human Biology Short Course will close over the Christmas/New Year break.

    2017 Registrations Last day for registration in the Human biology short course for 2017 will be 18 December (5:00 pm). Registrations received by this date will be processed and students will have access to the online learning site before the Christmas shut down.  Click here to register in 2017.

    2018 Registrations in the Human Biology Short Course will open on 15/01/2018.
    Click here to register in 2018.

    Please note – the Human Biology Short Course online learning material  will continue to be available over the Christmas/New Year break although  there will be no academic or administrative support over this period (21/12/2017 – 14/01/2018).  Certificates of completion will not be issued over this period.


    For further information and to apply:  
    Monash Nursing and Midwifery
    Tel: +61 3 9905 3582

    Course enquiries

    Md. Nadim Rahman
    Lecturer, Monash Nursing and Midwifery