Integrative Physiology for Biomedical Science


This course builds upon the basic human physiological concepts introduced in HUBS1403 and HUBS1404 by presenting in more depth the physiology of the major body systems and with greater emphasis on the regulatory roles of the neural and endocrine systems. Practical sessions will demonstrate and reinforce physiological concepts and extend the student's knowledge base on scientific measurement and analysis introduced in HUBS1405, providing students with the capacity to use research skills to address biomedical science questions of importance to world health. Areas emphasised are those that prepare students for a career in research that focuses on physiological mechanisms and also for careers in any health science discipline.



  • Semester 2 - 2017

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Describe the physiological function and control of the major organ systems

2. Describe how these systems are integrated in the human body to maintain homeostasis

3. Use physiological measurement and analysis to demonstrate the variability in response by the human body to stimuli that disturb the homeostatic balance

4. Describe the application of animal models of physiology and their relationship to the understanding of human disease

5. Use written and/or oral skills to report on the variance in body systems


This course will cover the following topics:

  1. Neurophysiology
  2. Endocrine physiology
  3. Cardiovascular physiology
  4. Respiratory physiology
  5. Metabolic and exercise physiology
  6. Gastrointestinal physiology
  7. Renal physiology
  8. Environmental physiology
  9. Physiological measurement

Assumed Knowledge

HUBS1109 Anatomy for Biomedical Science, HUBS1403 Biomedical Science Part 1, HUBS1404 Biomedical Science Part 2 and HUBS1405 Introduction to Professional Skills in Biomedical Science or equivalent.

Assessment Items

Quiz: Lab Quiz (x5)

Formal Examination: Final exam

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Laboratory reports (x3)

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 11 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term