Human Cellular Physiology: Research (PHSI3006)


This unit of study complements, and should be taken together with PHSI3005/3905 for students wishing to major in Physiology. PHSI3006 focuses deeply upon certain areas of cellular physiology that have particular relevance to human health and disease. In the problem-based learning (PBL) sessions groups of students work together with the support of a tutor to develop and communicate an understanding of mechanisms underlying the physiology and patho-physiology of disorders such as prostate cancer and neuromuscular disorders. Each problem runs over three weeks with two small group meetings per week. Reading lists are structured to help address written biomedical problems. Lectures provide advice on how to interpret scientific data of the type found in the research papers. Practical classes will emphasize experimental design and interpretation. Collectively, the PBL, lectures and practical classes aim to begin to develop skills and outlook needed to deal with newly emerging biomedical science.

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Further unit of study information


Two small group PBL and one 1 hour lecture per week; one 3 hour practical in some weeks. Students are allocated to PBL and practical classes after enrolments are finalised. For this reason students should refer to Blackboard and the Physiology online Master timetable regularly after semester begins.


One 1.5-hour exam (60%), PBL assessments by oral presentations and paper summaries (20%), prac assessment tasks (20%).


Alberts, B. Molecular Biology of the Cell. 5th edition. Garland Science.

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


[(PHSI2005 or PHSI2905) and (PHSI2006 or PHSI2906)] OR (BMED2401 and BMED2402 and 6 additional credit points of BMED240X)


PHSI3906 or PHSI3004 or PHSI3904 or PHSI3010 or PHSI3910 



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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.