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
Organisational UnitSchool of Science, Malaysia
OfferedMalaysia First semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr. Neeraj Gupta


In this unit students will learn about the function, regulation and integration of the various systems in the human body. The overall theme is the mechanisms of regulation of these systems to maintain a normal internal environment (homeostasis). The body systems that are examined include the cardiovascular system, the muscular-skeletal system, the central nervous system, the respiratory system and the renal system. Attention is focused on each system at rest and in a variety of active states, and on control mechanisms in each system. Students will also gain an understanding of how abnormal conditions can arise from dysfunction of these body systems.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the structure and function of the autonomic nervous system, the cardiovascular system, the respiratory system, the muscular-skeletal system and the renal system;
  2. Explain how these body systems integrate to maintain homeostasis in the body;
  3. Describe and explain how changes in normal physiology may lead to a disease state;
  4. Perform laboratory techniques that are integral to the study of physiology, including the use of cardiovascular recordings and urinary analyses to assess the effects of exercise;
  5. Collaborate effectively in a group to complete academic tasks;
  6. Communicate experimental physiology data via written practical reports.


Online multiple choice quizzes: 30%
Fortnightly practical worksheet assessment: 20%
Final practical written examination (2 hours): 20%
Final theory written examination (3 hours): 30%

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)


PHY2021, PHY2042, BMS2031