194241

Physiological Control Systems

The principles of control systems involving nerves and hormones are examined. Control at the cellular, tissue, organ system and whole-body levels is explained with reference to the basis of cell excitability, basic functions of the nervous system, muscle contraction, actions of hormones, the immune system and the renal system.

Course code

Qualifications are made up of courses. Some universities call these papers. Each course is numbered using six digits.

194241

Level

The fourth number of the course code shows the level of the course. For example, in course 219206, the fourth number is a 2, so it is a 200-level course (usually studied in the second year of full-time study).

200-level

Credits

Each course is worth a number of credits. You combine courses (credits) to meet the total number of credits needed for your qualification.

15

Subject

Physiology

Course planning information

Prerequisite courses

Complete first

You need to complete the above course or courses before moving onto this one.

General progression requirements

You must complete at least 45 credits from 100-level before enrolling in 200-level courses.

Learning outcomes

What you will learn. Knowledge, skills and attitudes you’ll be able to show as a result of successfully finishing this course.

  • 1 Explain the mechanisms by which substances move through biological membranes, the role membrane transport plays in maintaining the composition of body fluids and the structure of epithelia.
  • 2 Discuss the components and factors of the innate and acquired immune systems.
  • 3 Explain how nerve and muscle cells generate electrical impulses and how these impulses result in coordinated and variable muscle contractions.
  • 4 Discuss the central and autonomic nervous systems, the integration of neural circuits, nervous reflexes and how environmental stimuli illicit nervous responses.
  • 5 Explain how the kidneys regulate the volume and composition of body fluids via control of water and electrolyte balance, renal excretion of metabolic waste products and the structure (gross and microscopic) of the renal system.
  • 6 Explain the relationship between the structure and function of the endocrine system, and how endocrine compounds influence tissues and organs.
  • 7 Critically analyse and interpret experimental data relating to key aspects of the physiological control systems operating in mammals and communicate the findings effectively in written form.

Learning outcomes can change before the start of the semester you are studying the course in.

Assessments

Assessment Learning outcomes assessed Weighting
Exam College/GRS-based (not centrally scheduled) 1 2 3 30%
Test 7 20%
Exam (centrally scheduled) 1 2 3 4 5 6 50%

Assessment weightings can change up to the start of the semester the course is delivered in.

You may need to take more assessments depending on where, how, and when you choose to take this course.

Explanation of assessment types

Computer programmes
Computer animation and screening, design, programming, models and other computer work.
Creative compositions
Animations, films, models, textiles, websites, and other compositions.
Exam College or GRS-based (not centrally scheduled)
An exam scheduled by a college or the Graduate Research School (GRS). The exam could be online, oral, field, practical skills, written exams or another format.
Exam (centrally scheduled)
An exam scheduled by Assessment Services (centrally) – you’ll usually be told when and where the exam is through the student portal.
Oral or performance or presentation
Debates, demonstrations, exhibitions, interviews, oral proposals, role play, speech and other performances or presentations.
Participation
You may be assessed on your participation in activities such as online fora, laboratories, debates, tutorials, exercises, seminars, and so on.
Portfolio
Creative, learning, online, narrative, photographic, written, and other portfolios.
Practical or placement
Field trips, field work, placements, seminars, workshops, voluntary work, and other activities.
Simulation
Technology-based or experience-based simulations.
Test
Laboratory, online, multi-choice, short answer, spoken, and other tests – arranged by the school.
Written assignment
Essays, group or individual projects, proposals, reports, reviews, writing exercises, and other written assignments.

Textbooks needed

Textbooks can change. We recommend you wait until at least seven weeks before the semester starts to buy your textbooks.

Highly recommended

HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY

Author
MARIEB, ELAINE AND HOEHN, KATJA
Publisher
Pearson Australia

HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY

Author
MARIEB AND HOEHN
ISBN
9781292261034
Edition
11
Publisher
PEARSON AUSTRALIA

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