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Experimental Physiology (PHYS30009)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codePHYS30009
Availability(Quotas apply)
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject is designed for students interested in becoming career researchers. Students will work in groups of 10-12 individuals. Each group will select one project from a list of available research questions, research appropriate background information, formulate hypotheses/aims, design an experiment to test those hypotheses/aims, carry out the experiment over a 4 week experimental period, and ultimately write up their findings in the format of a peer-reviewed journal article. This subject will allow more independence in conceptualisation and execution of the research questions than the second-year subject Research-Based Physiology (PHYS20009).

Intended learning outcomes

Students should develop skills to be able to:

LO1 - access relevant information and apply appropriate knowledge to solve scientific problems,

LO2 - understand the principles of project and experimental design,

LO3 - apply practical skills and technology

LO4 - communicate their results in written form,

LO5 - communicate ideas and background information in oral form within a group setting.

Eligibility and requirements


B. Science

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
PHYS20008 Human Physiology
Semester 1
Semester 2
PHYS20009 Research-Based Physiology
Semester 1
Semester 2

B. Biomedicine

Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
BIOM20002 Human Structure and Function
Semester 2

B.Science (Prior to 2009)

536-201 Principles of Physiology and
536-211 Physiology: Control of Body Function and
536-222 Experimental Physiology



Non-allowed subjects


Recommended background knowledge

A fundamental understanding of human physiology and experimental design as provided by the prerequisites.

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

  • 10 minute presentation of a journal article (week 3) 10%
  • Online submission of literature review 1000 words (group task/10 students) (Week 4) 10%
  • Academic assessed participation (5%) and peer-reviewed participation (5%) (ongoing) 10% total
  • Final written report 2000 words (end of semester exam period) 60%
  • Laboratory notebook (Maintained throughout semester; 1000 words) 10%

Quotas apply to this subject

Dates & times

  • Semester 1
    Principal coordinatorCharles Sevigny
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursOne x 3 hour workshop per week plus 2-3 hours per week of independent group work tasks (including 2 hour optional group meeting workshop)
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period 4 March 2019 to 2 June 2019
    Last self-enrol date 3 February 2019
    Census date31 March 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail10 May 2019
    Assessment period ends28 June 2019

    Semester 1 contact information

    Academic Coordinator

    Dr Charles Sevigny


    Yossi Rathner


    Dr Angelina Fong


    Administrative Coordination


Time commitment details

36 contact hours with an estimated total time commitment of 170 hours

Additional delivery details

An enrolment quota of 30 per semester applies to this subject.

For detailed information on the quota subject application process, refer to the Quota Subject link on the School of Biomedical Sciences Current Student Information webpage: http://biomedicalsciences.unimelb.edu.au/study/current-student-information/quota-subjects

Further information

Last updated: 3 August 2019