Faculty of Science

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Science
OfferedClayton First semester 2013 (Day)
Sunway First semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Roger Evans (Clayton); Dr Ng Khuen Yen (Sunway)


The overall theme of this unit is how the body maintains a normal internal environment ('homeostasis') for optimal body function. It examines the roles of three major body systems that are vital for homeostasis: the respiratory system and gas exchange, the cardiovascular system and delivery of blood and nutrients, the kidneys and maintaining body fluid composition. Attention is focused on each system at rest and in a variety of active states, and on control mechanisms in each system. In addition to the core physiology, common dysfunctions of these systems are also studied, to allow for a greater understanding and appreciation of both the normal physiology and dysfunction of these systems.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Describe the structure and function of the autonomic, cardiovascular, respiratory and renal systems of the body;

  1. Explain how these body systems integrate to maintain homeostasis and to respond to exercise and blood loss;

  1. Evaluate why altered structure and/or function of these body systems may lead to disease;

  1. Perform physiology laboratory techniques, including calculations of drug concentrations, the use of stimulating electrodes and physiological data acquisitions systems and the tabulation and graphing of experimental data;

  1. Communicate experimental physiology data in the form of written practical reports.


In semester multiple-choice tests: 25%
On line learning tasks: 5%
Fortnightly practical worksheet assessment: 20%
Practical written examination (2 hours): 20%
Theory written examination (3 hours): 30%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

Three 1-hour lectures and one 3-hour hour practical class or progress review period per week


PHY2062, PHY2022, BMS2031, BND2011, BIO2717