Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject you gain knowledge in systems physiology, including the nervous system, muscle tissue, endocrinology and the gastrointestinal system. We will discuss how the nervous system controls body systems, focusing on the electrical transmission of information and how this is modulated. Our focus then shifts to muscle tissue and the mechanisms involved in skeletal muscle contraction, force generation and fatigue. You will gain a detailed understanding of the endocrine system and how it is responsible for controlling many of our bodies daily functions and metabolism. The semester concludes focusing on the gastrointestinal systems where you will gain an understanding of the mechanisms surrounding food digestion and nutrient absorption. The detailed online resources in this subject will be supported by a comprehensive program of enquiry based workshops. Practical classes will allow you to undertake experiments to enhance your learning experience, whilst building on communication skills. The completion of an online employability module will give you the opportunity to build and reflect on experiences that will prepare you for life beyond university.

SchoolLife Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorChris Van Der Poel

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

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 HZNDP or HZHSDP or AZAHS or HBHN or HBNTS and must have passed the following subjects: [HBS1HBA or HBS101] and [HBS1HBB or HBS102] OR Students must be admitted in the following course code: SBMS or SZSS or SBMD or LZCBM or SBBIS or SBBISW and must have passed BIO1MGC: or must be admitted in to LWLBM (Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Biomedicine) course


Incompatible subjectsHBS2PTB OR HBS202 OR HBS2PTA

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

Silverthorn, Human Physiology: An Integrated Approach

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorDee Unglaub Silverthorn





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

COMMUNICATION - Communicating and Influencing
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Creativity and Innovation
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Research and Evidence-Based Inquiry

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Predict how the nervous, muscle, endocrine and gastrointestinal systems of the human body function both during normal physiological conditions and under pathological stress
02. Analyse and integrate experimentally-obtained physiological data with knowledge of basic physiological principles.
03. Effectively and professionally communicate experimental observations and the conclusions drawn from them.
04. 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 enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorChris Van Der Poel

Class requirements

Scheduled Online ClassWeek: 10 - 22
One 1.00 hour scheduled online class per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.
Synchronous online Q&A session

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 hours unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.
Consists of various online videos and resources for students to watch, review and participate throughout the study period.

WorkShopWeek: 10 - 22
One 3.00 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.
Face to face workshop will be interactive and a combination of enquiry based learning and practicals.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

3 x 1.5hr MCQ/short answer test (1250 words equivalent & 25% each)

N/AOtherIndividualNo75 SILO1, SILO2

3 x Group practical task

(Weeks 4, 8 and 12) (50 word equivalent per student per task)

N/AOtherGroupNo15 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3

1 x 10min online video

(Wk 13) (500 words equivalent)

N/AOtherIndividualNo10 SILO4