Research-Based Physiology

Subject PHYS20009 (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 08-Feb-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 05-Jul-2015
Census Date 31-Aug-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 25-Sep-2015

An enrolment quota of 200 students 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:

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: one x 1 hour lecture and one x 3 hour practical per week
Total Time Commitment:

48 contact hours with an estimated total time commitment of 170 hours (including non-contact time)

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:

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



Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects:

Non allowed subjects:

Core Participation Requirements:


Dr Deanne Skelly


Subject Coordinators

Dr Deanne Skelly

Administrative Coordinator

Ms Lesley Robinson

Subject Overview:

Students will develop an understanding of the principles of experimental design appropriate for investigating underlying mechanisms of physiological responses. They will also undertake a research project completed over several weeks, which will require them to formulate a suitable hypothesis to investigate a physiological problem, select and test suitable techniques, design appropriate experimental protocols to test their hypothesis, collect and analyse their data, and write a scientific report on their findings.

Learning Outcomes:

The aims are to prepare students for critical analysis and writing of research-based literature reviews and scientific reports in their future studies and career as well as for students to learn some physiological concepts in a practical setting. It also aims to develop research skills for an enquiring graduate and investigative skills for lifelong learning.

  • Written reports of up to 1000 words each due during the semester (20%);
  • Class participation during the semester (5%);
  • Effective PRS participation and contributions (5%),
  • A research-project and written report of up to 2000 words due during semester (30%);
  • Ongoing assessment of e-Learning activities(10%);
  • A 2-hour written examination in the examination period (30%)
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:

Critical thinking, creative thinking, self-managed learning, adaptability, problem solving, communication skills, interpersonal skills, group work and computer literacy.


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.

LMS including e-learning, Lectopia recordings, lecture notes, handouts, lab manual.

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Science-credited subjects - new generation B-SCI and B-ENG.

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