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Integrated Physiology (Advanced) - PHSI2908

The study of physiology is in essence the understanding of the integration of function and homeostasis. In this unit you will extend your learning in MEDS2001/PHSI2X07 by applying your understanding of basic physiology to systems-based scenarios in three modules: muscle, sensory and disease complications. This will consolidate your conceptual understanding of physiology and how the homeostatic mechanisms change in disease. The final module on disease will consolidate your understanding by demonstrating how body systems do not act isolation, but rather how changes in their interdependence lead to homeostatic dysregulation and pathological outcomes. This unit of study will extend the PHSI2008 unit. Activities will focus on current research in the area of physiology, including examples of its relevance to disease. Students will engage with active researchers and explore the role of physiology in multidisciplinary approaches to understanding body function. To support your learning you will undertake laboratory activities that involve experiments on humans as well 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, your understanding of the integrative nature of physiology, and generic skills in scientific writing and presentation. The practicals and tutorials also emphasise group learning and team work and provide an opportunity for students to apply and extend their understanding of physiological concepts. Completion of this unit will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the complex systems that regulate the human body and provide the platform for undertaking a major in Physiology in third year.

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

Quizzes (10%), 90 min MCQ exams (30%), Written and other tasks (25%), Laboratory report writing (25%), Explaining Physiology (10% group)

Assumed knowledge
Human biology; (PHSI2X07 or MEDS2001)]


A mark of 70 or above in {6cp from [(MEDS1X01 or BIOL1XX8 or BIOL1XX3) or (BIOL1XX7 or MBLG1XX1) or CHEM1XX1 or CHEM1903]}




Faculty: Medicine and Health

Semester 2

05 Aug 2019

Department/School: Physiology
Study Mode: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Census Date: 31 Aug 2019
Unit of study level: Intermediate
Credit points: 6.0
EFTSL: 0.125
Available for study abroad and exchange: Yes
Faculty/department permission required? Yes
More details
Unit of Study coordinator: Prof Peter Thorn
HECS Band: 2
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