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.

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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.

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Unit of study rules


(MATH1005 or MATH1905 or MATH1015 or ATHK1001) and (6 credit points of CHEM1XXX) and 12 credit points from (BIOL1XXX or MBLG1XXX or PHYS1XXX or PSYC1XXX or CHEM1XXX or MATH1XXX (except MATH1005 and MATH1015 and MATH1905))


PHSI2901 or PHSI2905 or PHSI2101 or PHSI2001 or BMED2401 or BMED2402 or BMED2403 or BMED2404 or BMED2405 or BMED2406 or BMED2801 or BMED2802 or BMED2803 or BMED2804 or BMED2805 or BMED2806 or BMED2807 or BMED2808

Additional Information

The completion of 6 credit points of MBLG units of study is highly recommended for progression to Senior Physiology.

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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.