Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, students will undertake a series of interactive, application focused practical exercises in human physiology. This subject is designed to provide students with a 'hands-on' approach to learning human physiology within a laboratory environment. Topics covered include the respiratory system, gastrointestinal system and metabolism, the renal system and principles of endocrinology.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJarrod Church

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules


Co-requisites HBS2PTB

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsVander's human physiology: the mechanisms of body functionRecommendedWidmaier, E, Raff, H and Strong, K 201413TH EDN, MCGRAW HILL

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Employ discipline-appropriate instrumentation to competently measure and record physiological data in an experimental setting.

Weekly practical sessions

02. Analyse experimental data in order to draw logical and well-supported conclusions about physiological processes.

Weekly practical sessions

03. Summarise experimental findings in a discipline-relevant format and present them to your peers as an oral communication.

Poster presentation

04. Prepare a scientific report which presents experimental methods, results and conclusions in a format consistent with standard physiology publications.

Major report

05. Work collaboratively and productively in a team environment.

Weekly practical sessions, poster presentation, major report

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment size180

Enrolment information Limited Laboratory Space All students must also be enrolled in the co-requisite subject HBS2PTB.

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorJarrod Church

Class requirements

Practical Week: 31 - 43
One 3.0 hours practical per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

WorkShop Week: 31 - 43
Two 1.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Nine 100-word post-lab submissions10 01, 02, 05
Three 300-word writing analysis task30 01, 02, 05
one 1,500-word team research report40 04, 05
one 500-word team poster presentation20 03, 05