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This unit provides an overview of physiology - the integrative study of normal body function. It has a particular focus on homeostasis and the neural and endocrine control of the cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, muscular, gastrointestinal and reproductive systems. The subject considers both human physiology and the powerful insights derived from comparative animal physiology.
Intended learning outcomes
Upon completion of this unit, students should:
- understand the neural and endocrine control organ systems and their involvement in specialised body functions;
- comprehend how these system interact to maintain a constant internal environment (homeostasis);
- have the capacity to integrate outputs from physiological and genomic research to further understand normal body function; and
- appreciate the experimental bases of contemporary physiology and the lessons learned from comparative animal physiology.
Students should develop and enhance skills related to problem solving, team work, critical analysis of scientific literature and written and oral communication of scientific concepts.
Last updated: 29 October 2019