PHY2032 - Endocrine control systems - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Dr Farshad Mansouri

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


The overall theme is how the endocrine system controls complex body functions. This unit will study the role of the endocrine system in (1) Energy balance, metabolism and growth; (2) Digestion and Nutrition; and (3) Reproduction and Development. The first study area examines how human life requires the constant acquisition, transformation, and transportation of energy and how the endocrine system controls these processes. The second study area is the physiology of digestion, extending on to nutrition and human health. The third study area is the physiology of reproduction in males and females.


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;
  2. Explain how these body systems integrate with nutrition, growth and development;
  3. Use specific examples of adaptations or dysfunction of these body systems to explain their normal functions;
  4. Undertake group work to complete a project, including experimental procedures in laboratory classes and oral and written scientific communications;
  5. Apply physiology methodology and laboratory techniques, including hormone assays, data analysis and graphing;
  6. Communicate scientific information via written reports on practicals.


Three in-semester on-line multiple-choice tests (5% each): 15%

Three practical reports and worksheets assessment (5% each): 15%

Mid-semester written examination: 20%

Oral presentation: 10%

Examination (2 hours): 40% (Hurdle)

This unit is subject to the Hurdle and Threshold Standards policiesHurdle and Threshold Standards policies ( of the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences.

Workload requirements

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

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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, PHY2820