Frontiers in Physiology

Subject PHYS30008 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jul-2016 to 23-Oct-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 05-Aug-2016
Census Date 31-Aug-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 23-Sep-2016

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 3 x one hour lectures per week plus 1 x three hour workshops (research) per fortnight (total contact hours: 54)
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours


Bachelor of Science (2009 onwards)

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2

plus one of:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2

Bachelor of Biomedicine

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:

Bachelor of Science (prior to 2009)

536-201 Principles of Physiology
536-211 Physiology: Control of Body Function
536-222 Experimental Physiology

All Students:

At least one other level 3 Physiology subject (this can also be taken concurrently).


See Prerequisites

Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Dr Charles Sevigny, Prof David Alan Williams


Subject Coordinators

Prof David Alan Williams

Dr Charles Sevigny

Administrative Coordination

Subject Overview:

The subject will provide a detailed understanding of some of the most recent advances in select areas of physiology presented as key note lectures attended by all students in this subject.

Students then select, as guided by their interest, from a number of areas of study that reflect the dynamic nature of physiology and research focuses of the department. These currently encompass i) Cardiovascular Health, ii) Muscle and Exercise Physiology and iii) Neurophysiology.

Students develop theoretical background in part using graduate skills in planning, qualitative and quantitative critical analysis, and communication of molecular, biological, biochemical and physiological approaches to investigate physiological processes.

Students will be introduced to new technologies that enable the understanding of selected areas of study. A research-focused assignment will bring together elements of both theoretical and practical Physiology and is designed to extend teamwork experiences, the ability to read critically, and to evaluate and communicate physiological information.

Learning Outcomes:

To develop an understanding of Physiology as a modern, research-intensive scientific discipline.

  • One mid-semester written report on Keynote lectures (20%);
  • One mid-semester written report on an online group (wiki) research project (40%);
  • One two hour end of semester examination (40%)
Prescribed Texts:


Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • To develop knowledge of Physiology as a research-intensive multidisciplinary science.
  • To develop and apply skills of critical evaluation of scientific literature, physiological data and experimental design.
  • To develop the capacity to understand practical skills and technologies in the solution of scientific problems.
  • To develop the skills to communicate the results of Physiological study in both written and oral form.
  • To have an appreciation of the historical background and evolution of scientific concepts.
  • To foster a sense of intellectual curiosity and a desire for lifelong learning, and a capacity to be creative and innovative.

This subject is available to students enrolled in the New Generation BSc, BBioMed, pre-2008 BSc or BBiomedSc.

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Animal Disease Biotechnology (specialisation of Animal Health and Disease major)
Human Structure and Function
Science-credited subjects - new generation B-SCI and B-ENG.
Selective subjects for B-BMED

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