Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Biomedical Sciences


Dr Julia Choate



  • First semester 2016 (Day)


Physiology is the study of how living organisms work. It involves the functions of cells, tissues, organs and the whole organism. This unit will provide you with an overview of how the body maintains a constant environment for its cells and tissues through the integrated functions of the following physiological systems: cardiovascular, renal, endocrine, respiratory, reproductive and gastrointestinal. You will also consider how the body adapts to changes in the external environment and to disease states.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Explain the functions and controls of the cardiovascular, renal, respiratory, endocrine, reproductive and digestive systems in the human body;
  2. Describe how the body systems integrate in order to maintain homeostasis following exercise or blood loss;
  3. Plan and conduct scientific experiments and analyse and interpret the associated experimental data related to the effects of ventricular filling on cardiac contraction, the effect of exercise on cardiovascular function, the effect of a water loading on urinary excretion and the effects of autonomic nerves on gut motility;
  4. Communicate experimental results in the format of scientific figures and written reports.


Examination (50%)
Assignment (20%)
Tests (30%)

A pass in the final exam must be obtained to pass the unit.

Workload requirements

3 lectures per week and 3 hours practical or equivalent.

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study



Must be enrolled in one of the following:
+ Bachelor of Biomedical Science (including double degree programs)
+ Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Scholar Program)
+ Bachelor of Biomedical Science Advanced with Honours


BND2011, PHY2011, PHY2021 and PHY2032.