Experimental Physiology

Subject PHYS30009 (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 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 29-Feb-2016 to 29-May-2016
Assessment Period End 24-Jun-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 07-Feb-2016
Census Date 31-Mar-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-May-2016

An enrolment quota of 30 per semester applies to this subject.

For detailed information on the quota subject application process, refer to the Quota Subject link on the MDHS Student Centre website: http://sc.mdhs.unimelb.edu.au/quota-subjects

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: One x 3 hour workshop per week plus 2-3 hours per week of independent group work tasks
Total Time Commitment:

36 contact hours with an estimated total time commitment of 170 hours


B. Science

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

B. Biomedicine

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:

B.Science (Prior to 2009)

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

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

A fundamental understanding of human physiology and experimental design as provided by the prerequisites.

Non Allowed Subjects: None
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: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability


Dr Charles Sevigny, Ms Arianne Dantas


Academic Coordinator

Dr Charles Sevigny


Ms Arianne Dantas


Administrative Coordination


Subject Overview:

This subject is designed for students interested in becoming career researchers. Students will work in groups of 10-12 individuals. Each group will select one project from a list of available research questions, research appropriate background information, formulate hypotheses/aims, design an experiment to test those hypotheses/aims, carry out the experiment over a 4 week experimental period, and ultimately write up their findings in the format of a peer-reviewed journal article. This subject will allow more independence in conceptualisation and execution of the research questions than the second-year subject Research-Based Physiology (PHYS20009).

Learning Outcomes:

The primary objective of this subject is to provide an advanced third-year Physiology practical experience for students, building on and reinforcing the skills acquired from Research-Based Physiology in second-year. Students will need to work in a team to design and execute experiments with minimal guiding feedback from the subject coordinator. At the end of semester, students should have developed a clear and independent understanding of experimental design, and how to develop experiments to investigate a specific research question. Students should also develop an understanding of the limitations based on the availability of equipment and time constraints. In addition, a different group member will have the opportunity to present a relevant journal article to their group and act as “team leader” each week.

  • 10 minute presentation of a journal article (during semester) 10%
  • Progress updates and online submissions (group task; during semester) 20%
  • Academic assessed participation (5%) and peer-reviewed participation (5%) (ongoing) 10%
  • Final written report of approximately 2000 words (end of semester exam period) 60%
Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts:

Silverthorn, D.U., Human Physiology: An Integrated Approach 6th Ed., 2012 – Pearson

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Physiology
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