Human Physiology

Subject PHYS20008 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 02-Mar-2015 to 31-May-2015
Assessment Period End 26-Jun-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 13-Mar-2015
Census Date 31-Mar-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 08-May-2015

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Jul-2015 to 25-Oct-2015
Assessment Period End 20-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 07-Aug-2015
Census Date 31-Aug-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 25-Sep-2015

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: three x 1 hour lectures and 2 hours independent computer aided learning task per week
Total Time Commitment:

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

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:

Plus 1 semester of any 1st year quantitative science subject, eg Chemistry, Physics, Maths, Psychology, Statistics.



Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


Exemption to enrol may be granted to Biomedicine students seeking to undertake exchange programs in semester 2 of the second year of their program.

Core Participation Requirements:


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Administrative Coordinator

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Subject Overview:

Physiology is an integrative study of the control of normal body function. The specialised organ systems to be studied include the nervous, cardiovascular, muscular, respiratory, kidney and digestive systems. During this subject students will learn that physiology is an experimental science with many key concepts arising from qualitative and quantitative observation and analysis of living organisms. The lectures will incorporate active interaction between students and lecturers using personal response system (PRS) clickers to answer questions during lectures.

Learning Outcomes:

Following completion of this subject, students should understand how hormonal, neural and organ systems subserve specialised body functions. Students should comprehend how the body systems act and interact to maintain a constant internal environment (homeostasis).


Effective personal response system (PRS) participation and contributions (5%); Tasks related to computer-aided learning activities during semester (15%); two 45-minute written examinations held during semester (30%); a 2-hour written examination in the examination period (50%).

Prescribed Texts:

Silverthorn, D.U., Human Physiology: An Integrated Approach 6th Ed., 2013 - Pearson

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.

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Generic Skills:

Students should develop and enhance skills related to problem solving, integration, and application of complex topics and processes.


This subject is available for science credit to students enrolled in the BSc (both pre-2008 and new degrees), BASc or a combined BSc course.

This subject is not available to Bachelor of Biomedicine students.

Students undertaking this subject will be expected to regularly access an internet-enabled computer.

Related Course(s): Master of Science (Bioinformatics)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Science-credited subjects - new generation B-SCI and B-ENG.

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