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PHSI2007: Key Concepts in Physiology

Physiology plays a central role in the medical sciences, integrating from the molecular and cellular levels through to the whole tissue and organs to understand whole body function. The study of physiology involves learning core concepts and principles that are applied to the various organ systems. You will be able to apply these fundamentals as you learn about other organ systems and how their homeostatic interactions govern human body function. To support your learning, you will undertake laboratory activities that involve experiments on humans as well as 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, 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. Completion of this unit will provide you with a strong foundational understanding of the homeostatic principles that underpin whole body physiology.

Code PHSI2007
Academic unit Department of Medical Sciences
Credit points 6
6cp from [(MEDS1X01 or BIOL1XX8 or BIOL1XX3) or (BIOL1XX7 or MBLG1XX1) or CHEM1XX1 or CHEM1903]
PHSI2907 or MEDS2001
Assumed knowledge:
Human biology (BIOL1XX8 or BIOL1XX3 or MEDS1X01)

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. explain the role and basic workings of the major systems of the human body
  • LO2. articulate the methods used in the physiological sciences and be able to explain why current scientific knowledge is both contestable and testable by further inquiry
  • LO3. explain the role and relevance of physiology research findings to society including the translation to clinical and medical outcomes
  • LO4. integrate physiological knowledge with knowledge in other disciplinary areas of the biomedical sciences
  • LO5. collect, synthesise, analyse and critically evaluate physiological data and information from a range of sources
  • LO6. define a physiological problem, formulate hypotheses and plan an investigation and, in the process, understand the ethical and regulatory frameworks relevant to physiological science and academic integrity
  • LO7. select and apply practical and/or theoretical techniques or tools in order to conduct an investigation in physiology
  • LO8. demonstrate creative and innovative approaches to problem solving in the field of physiological research and work effectively, responsibly and safely in individual and collaborative contexts
  • LO9. communicate observations and experimental findings in physiology and their implications through a broad variety of media to diverse audiences
  • LO10. apply tools and practices that will help you in your life-long learning.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.