Major/Minor/Specialisation !J07-MAJ+1011 (2009)

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Year and Campus: 2009


Professor David Williams

Department of Physiology


Overview: The physiology major will teach you how the body works. You will learn about the ways in which cells, organs and the whole body function in an integrated way. By understanding normal function, you will investigate disturbances in whole body systems such as those relating to the endocrine, cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, developmental and neural control systems. The experimental bases of physiology are emphasised and you will use contemporary techniques to examine questions in physiology. Discoveries in physiology have a broad impact upon health and medicine, environmental science, industry, nutrition, exercise and reproductive biology. Many of the discoveries from the human genome project rely on physiology to understand their impact on the human body.

Students completing this major will have:

  • understood how the functional properties of cells and tissues determine the integrated responses of human organ systems including musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, nervous and reproductive systems;
  • developed an understanding of the process of designing and conducting biomedical research, including the generation of experimental hypotheses, and analysis and interpretation of data derived from experiments;
  • gained experience in the critical evaluation and appreciation of the scientific literature; and
  • learned how physiology is able to provide functional and "real life" significance to on-going discoveries of genetic and molecular biological research.
Subject Options:

The major in Physiology does not require second year level selective units, students must complete the following third year level subjects:

Third Year

Frontiers in Physiology

Plus two subjects from:

Cardiovascular Health: Genes and Hormones
Neurophysiology: Neuron, Synapses and Circuits
Muscle and Exercise Physiology

Plus one subject from:

Cardiovascular Health: genes and Hormones
Neurophysiology: Neuron, Synapses and Circuits
Human Locomotor Systems
Principles of Neuroscience
Biochemistry of Metabolism and Nutrition
Muscle and Exercise Physiology
Viscera and Visceral Systems
Sensation, Movement and Higher Functions

Or another biomedical science subject as approved by the Major Coordinator

NB Complete information on third year level subjects will be available in the 2010 Handbook which will be published late 2009.

Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Biomedicine

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