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. Research skills development, including critical thinking and scientific writing, is incorporated in this subject. Topics covered include molecular mechanisms of action potentials in nerve and cells, mechanisms of muscle contraction, and cardiovascular physiology.

SchoolLife Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorChris Van Der Poel

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Students must be admitted in one of the following course codes: HBHS or LZCHS or AZAHS or HBHN and must have passed the following subjects: [HBS1HBA or HBS101] and [HBS1HBB or HBS102] OR Students must be enrolled in the following course code: SBMS; SBMD or SZSS and must have passed one of the following subject: BIO1MGC OR Students admitted in any other course must have passed: BIO1CO or BIO1OOS or equivalent


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsStudents provisionally enrol via student online by 30th November. Student online will be closed for selection following this date. Late enrolment may be considered. Priority enrolment is given to students taking the subject as a core requirement. Selection based on first year WAM and subject quota for all other students. Unsuccessful students will be withdrawn from the subject and notified via e-mail by the end of the year. Students should check their enrolment status online. Students admitted into the Science Double Degree (SZSS) must be undertaking a Bachelor of Biomedical Science to undertake this subject unless Coordinator approval is received.

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A


Human Physiology: An Integrated Approach

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorSilverthorn, D.U.


Edition/Volume7 edition



Chapter/article titleN/A



Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Use instrumentation to competently measure and record physiological data and apply these data to synthesise knowledge of physiological principles.
02. Effectively work in a team to conduct practical investigations in physiology.
03. Effectively communicate physiological information and experimental outcomes in written formats appropriate for disciplinary standards.
04. Analyse experimental data in order to draw logical and well supported conclusions about physiological processes.
05. Explore, build and reflect on your experiences that develop your career readiness and employability and actively prepare for life beyond university.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Blended


Online enrolmentNo

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorChris Van Der Poel

Class requirements

PracticalWeek: 10 - 22
One 4.00 h practical per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

WorkShopWeek: 10 - 22
One 1.00 h workshop per week on any day including weekend from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*
One individual oral presentation (500-words equivalent)N/AN/AN/ANo10 SILO5
Two team critical analysis tasks (Total 800-words equivalent)N/AN/AN/ANo20 SILO2, SILO3, SILO4
One team written research report (Total 1,000-words equivalent) To be completed at the end of each weekly prac class. Questions based on material covered in prac classN/AN/AN/ANo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO4
Two individual practical tests (Total 1,500-words equivalent)N/AN/AN/ANo40 SILO2, SILO3, SILO4