Frontiers in Physiology

Subject PHYS30008 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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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: 120 hours
Prerequisites: New Generation Bachelor of Science:
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2
Study Period Commencement:
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New Generation Bachelor of Biomedicine:
Study Period Commencement:
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Prior to 2009:

Bachelor of Science:

536-201 Principles of Physiology


536-211 Physiology: Control of Body Function


536-222 Experimental Physiology

Bachelor of Biomedical Science:
521-213 Integrated Biomedical Science I
536-250 Integrated Biomedical Science II

Corequisites: At least one other 300 level Physiology subject
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
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 Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.
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Prof David Alan Williams


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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.

Objectives: 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 a research project (40%);
  • Two x 50 minute mid-semester exams (each 20%).
Prescribed Texts: None
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.
Notes: This subject is available to students enrolled in the New Generation BSc, BBioMed, pre-2008 BSc or BBiomedSc.
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Biomedical Science
Bachelor of Science
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Animal Disease Biotechnology
Human Structure and Function
Reproductive Physiology

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