Integrated Physiology A (PHSI2005)


This unit of study offers a basic introduction to the functions of the nervous system, excitable cell (nerve and muscle) physiology, sensory and motor systems, and central processing. It also incorporates haematology and cardiovascular physiology. The practical component involves experiments on humans and isolated tissues, with an emphasis on hypothesis generation and data analysis. Inquiry-based learning sessions develop critical thinking and generic skills while demonstrating the integrative nature of physiology. Oral and written communication skills are emphasized, as well as group learning and team work.

Further unit of study information


Three 1 hour lectures, one 3 hour practical or one 3 hour tutorial per week.


Two written exams; group and individual written and oral presentations (100%)


Dee Unglaub Silverthorn. Human Physiology: An Integrated Approach, 6th edition. 2012. ISBN-10: 0321750071. ISBN-13: 978-0321750075.

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

(12cp from junior chemistry AND 24cp from junior science excluding chemistry) OR (6cp from junior chemistry AND 30cp from junior science excluding chemistry).


PHSI2905 or PHSI2001 or PHSI2101 or PHSI2901 or MECH2901

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

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.