Human Systems Physiology minor

A minor in Human Systems Physiology will provide a broad background to the inner workings of the human body, with a particular specialisation on cardiorespiratory function. Interactions between individual systems will be discussed in both an environmental and exercise context. The minor will advance professional skills including scientific communication (report writing, poster construction, oral presentation), simple and more advanced statistical analysis of data, experimental design, health and safety when recruiting and studying human subjects, and preparation of research proposals for grant funding.

Outcomes

Students are able to (1) recall and integrate key knowledge and concepts about the function of organs and how their function is coordinated; (2) explain a range of physiological phenomena with reference to the underlying fundamental physicochemical processes; (3) describe the key elements of the scientific method and research design; (4) perform measurements of physiological phenomena from human subjects and animal tissue using a range of measurement equipment; (5) collaborate in small teams in a physiology laboratory setting and simulated scientific conference; (6) analyse and interpret physiological data derived from a range of measurement systems; (7) clearly communicate scientific facts and concepts in written and oral form, using standard scientific format and terminology; and (8) search and critically analyse research literature.

Unit sequence

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2
Take the following unit:
Availability Unit code Unit name Unit requirements
S2 ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human
Take the following unit:
Availability Unit code Unit name Unit requirements
S1 PHYL2001 Physiology of Human Body Systems
Prerequisites:
SCIE1106 Molecular Biology of the Cell
or
IMED1002 The Facts of Life
or
((at least one of ANHB1101 Human Biology 1: Becoming Human, ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human,
or
BIOL1130 Frontiers in Biology) and Chemistry ATAR
or
CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry)
Incompatibility:
PHYL2255 Physiology of Human Body Systems
Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name Unit requirements
S1 PHYL3002 Physiology of Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems
Prerequisites:
PHYL2001 Physiology of Human Body Systems;
for pre-2012 courses: PHYL2255 Physiology of Human Body Systems
or
PHYL2260 Physiology of Adaptation and Stress
Incompatibility:
PHYL3350 Physiological Control Mechanisms
S2 PHYL3004 Physiology of Integrated Organ Function
Prerequisites:
PHYL2001 Physiology of Human Body Systems
and
PHYL2002 Physiology of Cells)
or
[PHYL2245 Physiology of Cells and (PHYL2255 Physiology of Human Body Systems
or
PHYL2260 Physiology Adaptation and Stress)]
or
(PHYL2001 Physiology of Human Body Systems and three of the following: ANHB2212 Human Structure and Development, BIOC2203 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the Cell, BIOC2001 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the Cell, MICR2209 Introduction to Infectious Diseases and Immunology, PATH2201 Introduction to Human Disease, PHAR2210 Foundations of Pharmacology)
Incompatibility:
PHYL3340 Advanced Cellular Physiology, PHYL3350 Physiological Control Mechanisms