• Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Biology
  • Areas of interest Environmental Studies, Health Medicine and the Body, Medical Science
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Paul Cooper
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2016
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This course reviews the physiology of humans, placing particular emphasis on:

  • Heart function and circulation
  • Muscular contraction and movement
  • Kidney function and osmoregulation
  • Energetics and temperature regulation
  • Respiration
  • Digestion

The approaches taken include those based on organ systems and a comparative approach describing similar organ systems in different taxa and some consideration of how physiological systems are adjusted to function throughout the wide range of environments in which animals live.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

1. Describe the physiology of major organs and organ systems in humans and other mammals
2. Understand the interplay between different organ systems and cellular responses to environmental change
3. Apply experimental design skills to understanding population responses and interpreting quantitative data

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on:

  • Lab quizzes and/or short essays (15%; LO 1)
  • Lab report (15%; LO 2, 3)
  • Mid-term and final examinations (70%; LO 1, 2)

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Three lectures per week and five three-hour laboratory sessions

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed one of BIOL1004 or BIOL1008 and one of CHEM1101 or CHEM1201. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have completed BIOL6001.

Prescribed Texts

Human Physiology and Anatomy by Marieb and Hoehn.




Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3276
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4368
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2836 15 Feb 2016 26 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 27 May 2016 In Person N/A

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