Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject you gain knowledge in systems physiology, including the heart, blood, immune, renal, respiratory and acid-base systems. We discuss how the heart is mechanical pump, followed by how blood vessels control blood flow and pressure. Our focus then shifts to the blood and mechanisms involved in developing immunity. You will gain a detailed understanding of the renal system and how it clears the body of waste while also being an important regulator of blood pressure. The respiratory system then becomes our focus where you will gain understanding of breathing mechanisms and how gasses are transported around the body. We conclude focusing on how the body regulates pH using both renal and respiratory buffers. The detailed online resources in this subject are 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.

SchoolLife Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorTania Romano Stasis

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 HZNDP or HZHSDP or AZAHS or HBHN 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 and must have passed BIO1MGC: or must be admitted in to LWLBM (Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Biomedicine) course


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A


Silverthorn, Human Physiology: An Integrated Approach

Resource TypePrescribed

Resource RequirementN/A

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 immune, cardiovascular, renal and respiratory 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.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2020, Semester 2, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorTania Romano Stasis

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online Class Week: 31 - 43
One 2.00 h unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via online.
"Consists of various online videos and resources for students to watch, review and participate throughout the study period."

WorkShop Week: 31 - 43
One 3.00 h workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 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*
1 x 1hr MCQ/short answer test (1000 words equivalent)N/AN/AN/ANo20 SILO1, SILO2
Practical skills assessment (250 words equivalent)N/AN/AN/ANo10 SILO2
1 x Group practical report (650 words equivalent per student) Students will work in groups of 4 and produce a 2600 word report.N/AN/AN/ANo20 SILO2, SILO3
1 x 2hr MCQ/short answer test (2000 words equivalent)N/AN/AN/ANo50 SILO1, SILO2