Hormones, Kidney and Reproduction (BMED2406)


This unit of study examines hormonal regulation of human body functions, including metabolism, growth and development, tissue function, and mood. Specifically, students will investigate the structure and function of endocrine glands, such as the pituitary, adrenal, thyroid and pancreas, at the cellular and gross anatomical level. The fundamentals of the feedback systems which are mediated via the hypothalamus and pituitary gland are discussed, in particular, the adrenal, gonadal and thyroid axes. Students will then cover the structure and function of the renal system at both the cellular and gross anatomical level. The fundamental homeostatic processes of the kidney, such as electrolyte, water and acid-base regulation of extracellular fluid, are explored. This unit of study also gives an introduction to the reproductive system, at both the anatomical and histological level. The hormones involved in reproduction, contraception, fertilization and pregnancy are discussed, leading on to an overview of pharmacological interventions in contraception.

In the practical classes, students will investigate the structure and function of the endocrine glands, and specifically perform a glucose tolerance test to investigate how glucose levels are regulated. In addition, sessions are designed to nurture oral presentation skills, hypothesis testing and data analysis.

Further unit of study information


2 lec, 1 tut & 1 prac/wk


One 2hr theory exam (60%), two in-semester assessments (40%)


Textbook of Biochemistry with Clinical Correlations Devlin TM John Wiley and Sons Inc., 7th Edition, 2011; Clinically Oriented Anatomy Moore KL and Dalley AF Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, 6th Edition, 2009; Histology: A Text and Atlas Ross MH and Pawlina W Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, 6th Edition, 2010; Human Physiology: An Integrated Approach Silverthorn D Pearson/Benjamin Cummings, 6th Edition, 2013; Medical Pharmacology at a Glance Neal MJ Blackwell Science, 7th Edition, 2012

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

42 credit points of Junior Bachelor of Medical Science units of study


Any one of (BMED2805, BIOL2006, BIOL2016, BIOL2906, BIOL2916, IMMU2101, ANAT2008, ANAT2010, PCOL2011, PHSI2005, PHSI2006, PHSI2905, PHSI2906, BCHM2072, BCHM2972, MICR2021, MICR2022, MICR2921, MICR2922, NUTR2911, NUTR2912)

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If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.