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PHYS30008 Frontiers in Physiology

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2017:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.Show/hide details
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 24-Jul-2017 to 22-Oct-2017
Assessment Period End 17-Nov-2017
Last date to Self-Enrol 04-Aug-2017
Census Date 31-Aug-2017
Last date to Withdraw without fail 22-Sep-2017


Timetable can be viewed here.
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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 3 x one hour lectures per week plus 1 x three hour workshops (research) per fortnight (total contact hours: 54)
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours

Prerequisites:

Bachelor of Science

Subject
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2
12.50

plus one of:

Subject
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2
12.50

Bachelor of Biomedicine

Subject
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:

All Students:

At least one other level 3 Physiology subject (this can also be taken concurrently).

Corequisites:

See Prerequisites

Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability

Coordinator

Dr Charles Sevigny, Prof David Alan Williams

Contact

Subject Coordinators

Prof David Alan Williams

d.williams@unimelb.edu.au

Dr Charles Sevigny

sevignyc@unimelb.edu.au

Administrative Coordination

BiomedSci-AcademicServices@unimelb.edu.au

Subject Overview:

The subject will provide a detailed understanding of some of the most recent advances in select areas of physiology presented as key note lectures attended by all students in this subject.

Students then engage with a number of areas of study that reflect the dynamic nature of physiology and research focuses of the department. These currently encompass i) Cardiovascular Health, ii) Muscle and Exercise Physiology and iii) Neurophysiology.

Students develop theoretical background in part using graduate skills in planning, qualitative and quantitative critical analysis, and communication of molecular, biological, biochemical and physiological approaches to investigate physiological processes.

Students will be introduced to new technologies that enable the understanding of selected areas of study. A research-focused assignment will bring together elements of both theoretical and practical Physiology and is designed to extend teamwork experiences, the ability to read critically, and to evaluate and communicate physiological information.

Learning Outcomes:

L01: To develop knowledge of Physiology as a research-intensive multidisciplinary science.

L02: To develop and apply skills of critical evaluation of scientific literature, physiological data and experimental design.

L03: To develop the capacity to understand practical skills and technologies in the solution of scientific problems.

L04: To develop the skills to communicate the results of Physiological study in both written and oral form.

L05: To have an appreciation of the historical background and evolution of scientific concepts.

L06: To foster a sense of intellectual curiosity and a desire for lifelong learning, and a capacity to be creative and innovative.

Assessment:
  • Two mid-semester written reports on scientific and lay writing, and interpretation of journal articles (1000 words each) due early semester (20%)
  • One mid-semester poster presentation on a group research project (5000 words, group task, groups of 6) due late semester (40%)
  • One two hour end of semester examination (40%)
Prescribed Texts:

None

Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • To develop knowledge of Physiology as a research-intensive multidisciplinary science.
  • To develop and apply skills of critical evaluation of scientific literature, physiological data and experimental design.
  • To develop the capacity to understand practical skills and technologies in the solution of scientific problems.
  • To develop the skills to communicate the results of Physiological study in both written and oral form.
  • To have an appreciation of the historical background and evolution of scientific concepts.
  • To foster a sense of intellectual curiosity and a desire for lifelong learning, and a capacity to be creative and innovative.
Notes:

This subject is available to students enrolled in the New Generation BSc, BBioMed, pre-2008 BSc or BBiomedSc.

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Animal Disease Biotechnology (specialisation of Animal Health and Disease major)
Human Structure and Function
Physiology
Science-credited subjects - new generation B-SCI and B-ENG.
Selective subjects for B-BMED

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