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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

Faculty/College

Faculty of Health

Unit aim

Examines normal physiological mechanisms of human body systems including muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary, digestive, immune and reproductive systems. Detailed understandings of cellular mechanisms and homeostatic control developed in Human Physiology I are applied to understanding the normal functioning of the specific organ systems. Develops essential foundational concepts for further studies in health and human sciences.

Unit content

This is the second of two Human Physiology units which must be studied sequentially. This unit covers:

  •     Introduction/Muscles
  •     Muscles/Control of Body Movement
  •     Cardiovascular System – Blood
  •     Cardiovascular System – Heart Function and Blood Vessels
  •     Respiratory System
  •     Gas Transport/Control of Respiration
  •     Urinary System
  •     Fluid and Electrolyte Balance/Acid-Base Balance
  •     Digestive System
  •     Metabolism
  •     Immune System
  •     Reproductive System

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1 identify the normal functioning of smooth and skeletal muscle and the control of body movement
2 explain the mechanisms underlying the normal functions of the muscular, cardiovascular and respiratory systems and the regulation of these functions in response to changes in the internal and external environment
3 explain the mechanisms underlying the normal functions of the urinary, digestive, immune and reproductive systems and the regulation of these functions in response to changes in the internal and external environment
4 explain the integration of various body systems in the homeostatic control of regulated variables.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. identify the normal functioning of smooth and skeletal muscle and the control of body movement
  2. explain the mechanisms underlying the normal functions of the muscular, cardiovascular and respiratory systems and the regulation of these functions in response to changes in the internal and external environment
  3. explain the mechanisms underlying the normal functions of the urinary, digestive, immune and reproductive systems and the regulation of these functions in response to changes in the internal and external environment
  4. explain the integration of various body systems in the homeostatic control of regulated variables.

Prescribed texts

  • Silverthorn, DU, 2018, Value Pack - Human Physiology: An Integrated Approach, Global Edition plus Modified Mastering A&P with eText, 8th edn, Pearson. ISBN: ISBN: 9781488657733.

  • Prescribed text information is not currently available.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.