This unit (RBM1528) 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.

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RBM1518 - Human Physiology 1

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.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Exercise In-class quizzes (lab) 15%
Exercise Guided inquiry worksheet (3x10% each) 30%
Laboratory Work Lab Reports (2x 12.5% each and 750 words each) 25%
Test Tests x3 (30mins each) 30%

Required reading

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

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