Dr Jeremy Keens


Senior Lecturer

School /
Work Unit

Medical Sciences

Contact Details

+61 3 9925 7308



Building: 201
Level: 2
Room: 37

Bundoora West Campus


Science, Engineering & Health

Dr Jeremy Keens

Summary of responsibilities

I am currently the Program Co-ordinator for the B Biomedical Science.


  • B.Sc (Hons), UNSW, 1976
  • PhD, UNSW, 1986

Teaching responsibilities

My current teaching and co-ordinating is in:

  • Principles of Human Biology - an introduction to anatomy, histology and physiology taken by a broad range of students including Medical Science, Laboratory Medicine, Human Movement, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Osteopathy, Chiropractic and Chinese Medicine. Co-ordinating and teaching
  • Introduction to Biomedical Science - The introductory course for our commencing first years, and I also have been co-ordinating the common components of the courses within the School
  • Teaching the developmental component within the Developmental and Cell Biology course
  • Neuroscience - particularly the anatomical component
  • Histology
  • The anatomical component of Cardiovascular Biology

Academic management / administration responsibilities

  • Co-ordinator, B Biomedical Science

Industry / profession / community involvement

Member of:

  • Australian and New Zealand Association of Clinical Anatomists
    • Member of the council
  • American Association of Anatomists

Educational development work

Introduction of new technologies into teaching has been a focus of my involvement in educational development - I was one of the first round of Learning Technology Mentors at RMIT. I have developed a range of new courses for various degree programs supported by the School across a variety of areas (cell biology, histology, genetics, human biology, anatomical skills, work experience). I have received 2 RMIT Learning and Teaching Innovation Fund grants to introduce and expand the use of Personal Response Devices.

Research interests

  • The research for my Honours and PhD related primarily to tracing visual pathways in cats and rats, using degeneration studies and later horseradish peroxidase (HRP). I discontinued with this work for personal and ethical reasons.
  • As indicated by my publication list I am more interested in research the impact of changes in teaching methods - whether it be the introduction of new technology or different approaches.This has centred recently on the introduction of Personal Response Systems within RMIT
  • Plastination, my other interest, has been getting a bad name lately with the antics of Dr von Hagens. However, we have a small plastination unit and produce small, portable specimens.

Research publications


  • Keens, J. (1994) Femoral Neck Anteversion: A Brief Review. Pelops, 9, 1-7.
  • Keens, J. (2002) Generating Puzzlement in Genetics, in Untangling the Web – Establishing Learning Links: Proceedings of the Australian Society for Educational Technology International Conference
  • Keens, J. and A. Inglis (2001) First Year Students’ Attitude to Online Discussion, ASET/HERDSA 2000 Conference Proceedings.
  • Keens, J. and P. Rich (1997) A Computer Assisted Learning Package in Introductory Anatomy, in A. Inglis (ed) Strategic Innovations in Teaching With Technology at RMIT, Division of Academic Services, RMIT.
  • Inglis, A. and J. Keens (2000) Inducting On-campus Students into Online Discussion, EdMedia 2000

Abstracts and Conference Presentation

  • Keens, J. (2002) Generating Puzzlement in Genetics, ASET July 2002
  • Keens, J. and P. Rich (1996) Developing Anatomical Teaching and Learning Software, Annals of Human Biology, 23.5, 409.
  • Keens, J., J. Trimble, T. Anderson, E. Leatham and P. Lombardo (1996) Measuring Femoral Anteversion and Anthropometric Correlates, Annals of Human Biology, 23.5, 405-6.
  • Keens, J. and A. Inglis (2000) First Year Students’ Attitude to On-line Discussion, ASET/HERDSA, Conference 2000
  • Bedford, A., J. KEENS, G. Witten (2006) Study of Gross Anatomy by Dissection and Prosection ANZACA conference 2006
  • J. KEENS, Bedford, A., G. Witten, (2007) Learning Gross Anatomy: Dissection or Prosection EACA conference 2007
  • Keens, J., A. Bedford, G. Witten (2007) Learning Gross Anatomy: Dissection or Prosection, EACA 2007 (Journal of Surgical Anatomy,)
  • Bedford, A., J. Keens, G. Witten (2007) Study of Gross Anatomy by Dissection and Prosection, ANZACA November 2006 (Clinical Anatomy 20:571)
  • Bywater, R., K. Deverel, J. Keens, I. Kerry, B. Lane, P. Rich and M. Sallowsky (2007) The anatomymuseum project, ANZACA November 2006 (Clinical Anatomy 20:573)
  • Keens J S and J Baglin (2009)Reaction of Different Student Groups to Personal Response Systems in Anatomy and Physiology, ANZACA November