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 Second semester 2013 (Day)
Sunway Second semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Rick Lang (Clayton); Dr Ng Khuen Yen (Sunway)


The overall theme is how human body systems act together (integratively) in complex body functions. Study is of four major functions: Endocrine control, Reproduction, Exercise, and Digestion and Nutrition. The first study area is the physiology of hormones and how they co-ordinate and integrate the body in health and disease. The second area is the physiology of reproduction in males and females. The third area details how many body systems (cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, muscular, nervous) function together for performance during exercise. The final study area is the physiology of digestion, extending on to nutrition and human health.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Describe the structure and function of the digestive, endocrine and reproductive systems of the body;

  1. Explain how these body systems integrate with exercise, nutrition, growth and development;

  1. Use specific examples of adaptations or dysfunction of these body systems to explain their normal functions;

  1. Undertake group work to complete a project, including experimental procedures in laboratory classes and oral and written scientific communications;

  1. Apply physiology methodology and laboratory techniques, including hormone assays, cardiovascular recordings, data analysis and graphing;

  1. Communicate scientific information via written reports on practicals.


In semester multiple-choice tests: 30%
Practical reports and worksheets assessment: 20% (incl 5% peer assessment)
Oral project report: 10% (5% peer assessment)
End semester multiple-choice test: 10%
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


PHY2022, PHY2062, BMS2031, BND2011, BIO2726