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MEDI2103 – Alimentary System, Nutrition and Metabolism

2020 – Session 1, Weekday attendance, North Ryde

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Cara Hildreth
Christine Chiu
Ian Johnson
Marina Junqueira Santiago
Mirjana Strkalj
Credit points Credit points
Prerequisites Prerequisites
Admission to BClinSc and (HLTH108 or ANAT1001) and (MEDI209 or MEDI219 or MEDI2200)
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

In this unit you will develop an in depth understanding of the anatomy, physiology and biochemistry of the alimentary system. You will be provided with a unique learning experience that encompasses anatomy wet laboratory sessions, simulation laboratory classes, and interactive tutorials. Gross and surface anatomy will be taught alongside gastrointestinal physiology and the major metabolic pathways (carbohydrate, protein and fatty acid metabolism). You will engage in clinical problem solving supported by relevant medical and scientific literature and discuss the ways in which scientific advances translate into clinical practice.

Important Academic Dates

Information about important academic dates including deadlines for withdrawing from units are available at https://students.mq.edu.au/important-dates

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Describe the anatomy of the gastrointestinal system, including structural components and structural organisation of the abdominopelvic wall and viscera.
  • ULO2: Describe the physiology of the gastrointestinal system, including regulation of motility, secretory function and absorption.
  • ULO3: Describe the pathways involved in the metabolism of glucose, fatty acids and amino acids.
  • ULO4: Describe the hormonal mechanisms that regulate food intake and metabolism.
  • ULO5: Explain anatomical and physiological changes that occur in common gastrointestinal diseases.
  • ULO6: Discuss case studies by organising and integrating knowledge of gastrointestinal structures and functions (as well as concepts of pathophysiology) and by critically evaluating evidence from scientific and medical literature.

Assessment Tasks

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General Assessment Information

General Assessment Information

General Assessment Information 

Grade descriptors and other information concerning grading are contained in Schedule 1 of the Macquarie University Assessment Policy, which is available at: https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policies/assessment.

Further details for each assessment task will be available on iLearn.

All final grades in the Bachelor of Clinical Science are determined by a grading committee and are not the sole responsibility of the Unit Convenor.

Students will be awarded a final grade plus a Standardised Numerical Grade (SNG). The SNG is not necessarily a summation of the individual assessment components. The final grade and SNG that are awarded reflect the corresponding grade descriptor in the Grading Policy.

To pass this unit, students must demonstrate sufficient evidence of achievement of the learning outcomes, attempt all assessment tasks, meet any ungraded requirements including professionalism and achieve an SNG of 50 or better.

Student Professionalism

In the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, professionalism is a key capability embedded in all our courses. As part of developing professionalism, students are expected to attend all small group interactive sessions including tutorials, as well as clinical- and laboratory-based practical sessions.

Furthermore, lectures and seminars are key learning activities that you are expected to attend throughout completion of the Bachelor of Clinical Science. While audio recordings and lecture slides may be made available following these large group sessions, it is important to recognise that such resources are a study aid - and should not be considered an alternative to lecture or seminar attendance.

Students are required to attend a minimum of 80% of all small group interactive sessions. Students that do not meet this requirement may be deemed unable to meet expectations regarding professionalism and may be referred for disciplinary action (which may include exclusion from assessments and unit failure).

Similarly, as part of developing professionalism, students are expected to submit all work by the due date. Applications for assessment task extensions must be supported by appropriate evidence and submitted via www.ask.mq.edu.au. For further details please refer to the Special Consideration Policy available at https://students.mq.edu.au/study/my-study-program/special-consideration.

Late Submission

All assignments which are officially received after the due date, and where no extension has been granted, will incur a deduction of 5% for the first day, and 5% for each subsequent day including the actual day on which the work is received up until 10 days after the due date, after which the assignment will not be accepted.. Weekends and public holidays are included. For example:

Due date


Days late


Raw mark

Final mark

Friday 14th

Monday 17th





Delivery and Resources

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Unit Readings

  1. Physiology: Hall, J.E. & Guyton, A.C. (2006 ). Textbook of medical physiology (13th ed). Philadelphia, PA: Saunders, Elsevier.
  2. Anatomy: Moore, K.L., Dalley, A.F. & Agur, A.M.R. (2014). Clinically oriented anatomy (7th ed). Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
  3. Anatomy Atlas: Abrahams, P.H. et al. (2008) McMinn's clinical atlas of human anatomy (6th ed). London, England: Mosby / Elsevier.
  4. Histology: Ross, M.H., & Pawlina, W. (2011). Histology: a text and atlas (6th ed). Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Wiliams & Wilkins.
  5. Embryology: Moore, K., Persaud, T. V. N. (2015) The developing human: Clinically oriented embryology (10th ed). Philadelphia, PA: Saunders,   Elsevier

Policies and Procedures

Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policy-central). Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:

Students seeking more policy resources can visit the Student Policy Gateway (https://students.mq.edu.au/support/study/student-policy-gateway). It is your one-stop-shop for the key policies you need to know about throughout your undergraduate student journey.

If you would like to see all the policies relevant to Learning and Teaching visit Policy Central (https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategy-planning-and-governance/university-policies-and-procedures/policy-central).

Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/study/getting-started/student-conduct​


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Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Service who can provide appropriate help with any issues that arise during their studies.

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Changes from Previous Offering

This is the first offering of the unit.