Physiology: Adapting to Challenges (PHYS30012)
Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5Dual-Delivery (Parkville)
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Semester 2 - Dual-Delivery
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Physiology is the study of body systems and how it maintains homeostasis. The body systems are dynamic processes that must constantly adapt to changes both within the body and the outside environment. This subject will explore various adaptive processes in metabolism, circulation, respiration, body temperature, and muscle that is vital to maintenance of health. We will explore how these systems change and adapt at different life stages or events, such as growth, pregnancy, aging, exercise, or diet and nutrition. In addition, this subject will also explore the adaptive changes required to enable humans to survive in extreme environments or perform acts of physical endurance.
Student will engage with a number of areas of study that reflect the dynamic and evolving nature of physiology and research in physiology. Students will be introduced to new and modern research technologies that showcases recent advances in field of Physiology.
In this subject the lectures are supplemented by workshops where students have the opportunity to work collaboratively on a research project that will bring together elements of theoretical and practical Physiology. This project is designed to extend teamwork experiences, the ability to read critically, and to evaluate and communicate scientific information to both an expert audience, and a general audience.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject students should be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of Physiology as an actively evolving research-intensive multidisciplinary science;
- Apply skills in critical evaluation of scientific literature, physiological data and experimental design;
- Describe and critique practical skills and technologies in the solution of scientific problems;
- Communicate physiology concepts in oral and written forms to both scientific and lay audiences;
- Recognise the historical background and evolution of scientific concepts;
- Demonstrate an intellectual curiosity and a desire for lifelong learning, with a capacity to be creative and innovative; and
- Demonstrate skills related to problem solving, teamwork, analytical reading, self-assessment, and assessment of peers.
- Team work
- Independent research skills
- Critical evaluation of academic (scientific) literature
- Presentation skills
- Critical analysis
- Application of scientific knowledge to new and novel circumstances relevant to real world problems
Last updated: 3 November 2022