Human Cellular Physiology (Adv): Theory (PHSI3905)


The aim of this unit of study is to examine key cellular processes involved in the growth, maintenance and reproduction of human life. Processes to be studied include the regulation of cell division and differentiation in developing and adult tissues, the regulation of body fluids through ion transport across epithelia, mechanisms of hormonal and nervous system signalling and the regulation of muscle contraction. Lectures will relate the molecular underpinnings to physiological functions: our current interpretation of how ion channels, hormone receptors and synaptic interactions mediate tissue function and human life. The significance of these molecular mechanisms will be highlighted by considering how mutations and other disorders affect key proteins and genes and how this might lead to disease states such as cancer, intestinal and lung transport disorders and osteoporosis. Please see the Physiology website for details of mentored Advanced research topics.

Our courses that offer this unit of study

Further unit of study information


Three 1-hour lectures and one 1-hour tutorial slot per week.


One 2-hour exam (60%), one 2000-word report (30%) and a report plan arising from a mentored research project (10%).


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

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


[An average mark of 65 in (PHSI2005 or PHSI2905) and (PHSI2006 or PHSI2906)] OR [an average mark of 65 in (BMED2401 and BMED2402 and an additional 6 credit points of BMED240X)]

Assumed knowledge

6 credit points of MBLG


PHSI3004 or PHSI3904 or PHSI3005 or PHSI3009 or PHSI3909 

Additional Information

It is highly recommended that this unit of study ONLY be taken in combination with (PHSI3006 or PHSI3906).

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.