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Key Concepts in Physiology - MEDS2001

Physiology plays a central role in the medical sciences, integrating from the molecular and cellular levels through to the whole tissue and organs to understand whole body function. The study of physiology involves learning core concepts and principles that are applied to the various organ systems. You will be able to apply these fundamentals as you learn about other organs systems and how their homeostatic interactions govern human body function. To support your learning, you will undertake laboratory activities that involve experiments on humans as well as isolated tissues, with an emphasis on hypothesis generation and data analysis. These sessions will consolidate your conceptual understanding with practical application of core physiological principles in an experimental context. Additional workshops and tutorials will 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. Completion of this unit will provide you with a strong foundational understanding of the homeostatic principles that underpin whole-body physiology.

2 (1hr) lectures, 1 (1hr) lectorials and either (1) (3 hr) lab or a 2 hour workshop.

Quizzes (10%), 90 min MCQ exam (30%), Written and other tasks: Integrated Medical Science activity (10%), Laboratory report writing (25%), How Physiology Works (15%) - students will write a 1000 word piece explaining how a Specific physiological mechanism can be applied to two different cell types to elicit totally different cellular functions, Explaining Physiology (10% group) - students will work in groups of 5 to create a short 5 min, Presentation that explains a core concept in physiology to members of the general public.

Assumed knowledge
Human biology


6cp from [(BIOL1XX7 or MBLG1XX1) or (MEDS1X01 or BIOL1XX8 or BIOL1XX3) or CHEM1XX1 or CHEM1903]


PHSI2907 or PHSI2007


Faculty: Medicine and Health

Semester 1

25 Feb 2019

Department/School: Physiology
Study Mode: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Census Date: 31 Mar 2019
Unit of study level: Intermediate
Credit points: 6.0
EFTSL: 0.125
Available for study abroad and exchange: No
Faculty/department permission required? No
More details
Unit of Study coordinator: Dr Melissa Cameron
HECS Band: 2
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