Faculty of Science

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Science
OfferedClayton Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Roger Evans


The overall theme is 'homeostasis': how the body maintains a normal internal environment for optimal 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, and the kidneys and their role in 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, disease states associated with 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 cardiovascular, respiratory and renal systems of the body;

  1. Explain how these body systems integrate in a way that facilitates maintenance of homeostasis and responses to challenges such as exercise and blood loss;

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

  1. Understand that our knowledge of these and other body systems, and all other areas of biology, is mainly based on evidence from experimental observations;

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

  1. Communicate experimental observations and the conclusions drawn from them in the form of written practical reports.


In semester multiple-choice tests: 25%
In semester on line learning tasks: 4%
Fortnightly practical worksheet assessment: 16%
Written scientific report on one of the practical exercises: 15%
End of semester written examination (3 hours): 40%

Workload requirements

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

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


12 points from level one Chemistry, Biology and/or Physics units, and PHY2011; or at the discretion of the unit coordinator


BMS2031, BND2011, PHY2021, PHY2810