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Unit Overview


This is a Level 3 unit comprising a series of lecture and laboratory sessions that aim to develop in students an understanding of the key physiological functions of these systems and the scientific process via which our understanding of them arose. The unit builds on the material covering cardiovascular and respiratory function in Level 2 PHYL2001 Physiology of Human Body Systems. The unit further develops students' laboratory techniques for physiological measurement. Human experimental work covers non-invasive cardiovascular and respiratory measurements. Ethical aspects of human experimentation are covered.

Finally the unit has a focus on data recording, analysis and presentation skills including statistical analysis, the graphical presentation of data, and communication in the form of scientific poster presentations. The unit has a major focus on visual communication of data and critical information literacy in the form of a research poster which students must pose, based on a published paper. The theme of visual communication is continued with the ongoing submission of professional quality figures and graphics using the data generated in laboratory classes. The unit also reinforces aspects of teamwork and interpersonal skills in both experimental work and communication.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) integrate physiological knowledge about the cardiovascular and respiratory systems; (2) apply the above knowledge to explain the coordinated control of these systems; (3) accurately apply the data from experiments using modern computer-based data acquisition systems, analyse experimental data using appropriate methods including statistical methods, and present correctly analysed data in a professional way that is suitable for publication or scientific presentations; (4) explain scientific information including the ability to present experimental findings, and working constructively as part of a group to achieve successful outcomes in laboratory and communication tasks; (5) demonstrate an understanding of how to perform experiments with human subjects; and (6) apply professional standards for ethical experimentation on humans.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) final examination and (2) continuous assessment. 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 Peter McFawn and Dr Christina Bojarski
Unit rules
Successful completion of
PHYL2001 Physiology of Human Body Systems
or PHYL1001 Physiology - How Does the Human Body Work?
Advisable prior study
PHYL2002 Physiology of Cells
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week
labs/tutorials: 3-hour or 6-hour session x 6
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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.
  • 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.