Studying online

There are now 2 possible online modes for units:

Units with modes Online timetabled and Online flexible are available for any student to self-enrol and study online.

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Unit Overview


The topics covered in this unit build on those presented in undergraduate units, and reflect cutting-edge developments in physiology and physiological techniques, providing students with an understanding and knowledge of the discipline at an advanced level.

The unit comprises a series of lectures and preparatory material covering application of physiological concepts in the clinical setting undertaken prior to completion of an an intensive work integrated learning (WIL) attachment to a physiological laboratory in either a research or clinical setting. The WIL component will comprise 37.5 hours of a practical attachment which may be taken either over the mid-semester or end-of-semester break period, or as a regular series of 1/2 or 1 day attachments as suited to the specific attachment and learning preferences of the student. Examples of the WIL practical attachment include the Preclinical Intensive Care Research Unit, other physiological research units and hospital based echocardiography, respiratory, gastoenterological and neurophysiological laboratories. Practical experiences are complemented by additional online lecture and reading material providing insight into the research questions and unique physiological challenges relevant to the clinical setting. Students will maintain a personal reflective journal (assessed) that demonstrates their active participation in all aspects of their clinical attachment, and that shows progressive application of their learning to the practical environment.

6 points

Students are able to (1) gain an understanding and an appreciation of the unique physiology of multiple organ systems at the limit of viability; (2) extend their abilities in database searching, data management, critical thinking, data analysis and interpretation of results; (3) broaden their knowledge base and gain experience in presenting material both orally and in written form; and (4) develop an appreciation of professional work ethic and team contributions.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) seminar; (2) personal reflective journal; and (3) professionalism and participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Jane Pillow
Unit rules
enrolment in
the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) Physiology specialisation.
completion of [PHYL2001 Physiology of Human Body Systems and (PHYL3003 Physiology of Nutrition and Metabolism
or PHYL3004 Physiology of Integrated Organ Function)]
or [PHYL2002 Physiology of Cells and (PHYL3001 Physiology of Membranes, Muscles and Signalling
or PHYL3002 Physiology of Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems)]
Advisable prior study
PHYL3002 Physiology of Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems AND one of PHYL3004 Physiology of Integrated Organ Function, PHYL3001 Physiology of Membranes, Muscles and Signalling
or PHYL3004 Physiology of Integrated Organ Function or equivalent.
Approved quota: 15—places are allocated based on academic merit including results achieved in pre-requisite units. In the event of more students applying than we have places to accommodate, student applicants will be shortlisted and may be interviewed to assess suitability and motivation for undertaking the unit.
Contact hours
intensive workforce integrated learning practical course including a minimum of 37.5 hours in a physiological laboratory setting, and an additional minimum 12.5 hours online course content including completion of compulsory pre-practical online modules
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.