PHY2032 - Endocrine control systems - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Chief examiner(s)

Dr Farshad Mansouri


Associate Professor Craig Harrison
Dr Michael Leung

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


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


BMS2031, BND2011, PHY2820


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. Work in groups to complete a project, including experimental procedures in laboratory classes and oral and written scientific communications;
  5. Demonstrate physiology laboratory skills, including data analysis and presentation;
  6. Communicate scientific information via a variety of media.


NOTE: From 1 July 2019, the duration of all exams is changing to combine reading and writing time. The new exam duration for this unit is 2 hours and 10 minutes.

In-semester online tests: 10%

Laboratory practical reports and worksheets: 20%

Multiple-choice tests during workshops: 10%

Team oral presentation: 10%

Examination (2 hours): 50% (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

  • 2-3 contact hours per week (2 hours for scheduled workshops / 3 hours for scheduled practicals)
  • 3 hours private, directed study per week

As part of their private study, students will be expected to complete online learning activities that will be followed up in face-to-face classes. The online activities will include Moodle Lessons in which content is delivered via videos, text and interactives.

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