Studying online

There are now 3 possible online modes for units:

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

Units available in Online Restricted mode have been adapted for online study only for those students who require the unit to complete their studies and who are unable to attend campus owing to exceptional circumstances beyond their control. To be enrolled in a unit in Online Restricted mode, students should contact their Student Advising Office through askUWA

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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. Topics include a history of the major advances in physiology, and the current topics that are, or will likely serve as, the foundations for the next breakthroughs in life sciences. Students develop, and then present, a 20-minute seminar on an aspect of each of the topics through independent readings, in consultation with the academic staff member in charge of the topic. The seminar discusses the research that has led to our current understanding of the topic. Students develop and make a journal club-style presentation to consist of a broad description of a topic within a given discipline, and then focus on a relevant and recent journal paper, providing critical interpretation and a basis of how this current research has shaped our knowledge. This oral presentation is accompanied by a written assignment in the form of an editorial comment.

6 points
Not available in 2023UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) gain an understanding and an appreciation of how the knowledge in a field of physiology progresses; (2) extend their abilities in database searching, data management, critical thinking, data analysis and interpretation of results; and (3) broaden their knowledge base and gain experience in presenting material both orally and in written form.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) seminar presentations; (2) quizzes; (3) journal club; and (4) editorial comment. 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)
Professor Shane Maloney
Unit rules
enrolment in
the Master of Biomedical Science (71520) Physiology specialisation
or Master of Health Science (71540) Physiology specialisation.
[(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
undergraduate physiology units
Contact hours
seminars and presentations: approximately 32 hours (may vary depending on number of students)
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  • 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.