Integrated Physiology A (PHSI2005)


This unit of study offers an introduction to the basic concepts underpinning physiology, excitable cell (nerve and muscle) physiology, as well as the functions of the nervous system (central processing, and sensory and motor systems). It also incorporates cardiovascular and exercise physiology. The practical component involves experiments on humans and isolated tissues, with an emphasis on hypothesis generation and data analysis. Tutorial sessions develop critical thinking, the integrative nature of physiology, and generic skills in scientific writing and presentation. The practicals and tutorials also emphasise group learning and team work.

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Further unit of study information


Three 1 hour lectures per week.


One written exam; individual written assessments, and quizzes (100%)


Dee Unglaub Silverthorn. Human Physiology: An Integrated Approach, 7th edition. 2015. ISBN-10: 0321981227; ISBN-13: 978-0321981226 (International Edition)

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Unit of study rules


6cp from (MATH1XX5, ATHK1001) and 6cp from CHEM1XXX and 12cp from (BIOL1XXX, MBLG1XXX, PHYS1XXX, PSYC1XXX, CHEM1XXX, MATH1XXX (except MATH1XX5)) 


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.