Human Physiology 2

Unit code: RBM1528 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park
St Albans
RBM1518 - Human Physiology 1
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


This unit continues the study of the structure and functions of the body, using homeostatic regulation of the internal environment as the ongoing theme. The cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary, and gastrointestinal systems are placed in context with their overall regulation and co-ordination via the neuro-endocrine system. This provides an understanding of how homeostatic mechanisms regulate variables such as blood pressure, blood gas status, acid-base balance, fluid and electrolyte balance and blood glucose. Genetic inheritance is also introduced. The completion of both RBM1518 Human Physiology 1 and 2 will provide a solid foundation for advanced study in physiology.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Describe and relate the structure and function of the cardiovascular, urinary, respiratory and gastrointestinal systems and the role of genetics to normal physiological processes;
  2. Describe how the cardiovascular, urinary, respiratory and gastrointestinal systems act and interact to maintain homeostasis;
  3. Develop and demonstrate basic understanding of the experimental techniques, recording and critical analysis of data and report writing.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Exercise
Grade: 15%
In-class quizzes (lab)
Assessment type: Exercise
Grade: 15%
Guided inquiry worksheet (3x5% each)
Assessment type: Laboratory Work
Grade: 25%
Lab Reports (2x 12.5% each and 750 words each)
Assessment type: Test
Grade: 45%
Tests x3

Required reading

RECOMMENDED TEXTS: Sherwood, L. (2015), Human Physiology: From cells to systems, 9th ed. Boston, MA: Cengage Learning

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