PHYS30009 Experimental Physiology

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2017:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.Show/hide details
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Feb-2017 to 28-May-2017
Assessment Period End 23-Jun-2017
Last date to Self-Enrol 08-Jan-2017
Census Date 31-Mar-2017
Last date to Withdraw without fail 05-May-2017

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

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: One 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 Commitment:

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


B. Science

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

B. Biomedicine

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:

B.Science (Prior to 2009)

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

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge:

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

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


Dr Charles Sevigny, Mr Valerian Zaitsev


Academic Coordinator

Dr Charles Sevigny


Valerian Zaitsev


Administrative Coordination


Subject Overview:

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).

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.

  • 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%
Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts:

Silverthorn, D.U., Human Physiology: An Integrated Approach 6th Ed., 2012 – Pearson

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
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