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

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

Except for BLAS students: 6cp from junior chemistry AND 30cp from junior science excluding chemistry. For BLAS students: 6 credit points of Junior Chemistry plus ATHK1001 and 18 credit points from any Junior Science. For all students: 3 credit points from MATH1005, MATH1905 or MATH1015.


PHSI2901, MECH2901, PHSI2905, PHSI2101, PHSI2001

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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.

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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.