• Offered by Biology Teaching and Learning Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Biology
  • Areas of interest Health Medicine and the Body, Human Sciences, Medical Science, Biomedical Science

Please refer to advice in "Other Information" at bottom of page.

This course covers the physiology of humans, with emphasis on the major organs and the processes they govern, including heart function and circulation, muscle function and movement and the kidney and osmoregulation. Other topics will include energetics and temperature regulation, respiration and digestion. 

The course will also examine the consequences of genetic or environmental disruption of physiological processes and the consequences of these in human disease.

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 structure of major human organs and explain their role in the maintenance of healthy individuals.
  2. Explain and critically evaluate the interplay between different organ systems and how organs and cells interact to maintain biological equilibria in the face of a variable and changing environment.
  3. Use complex electronic equipment including electrophysiological equipment to record human physiological data, and responses to experimental stimuli.
  4. Interpret and draw inferences from  experimental measures of physiological function including electrocardiograms and spirometry read-outs.
  5. Apply experimental design skills to understanding population responses and interpreting quantitative data

Other Information

As this course is incompatible with BIOL2103 Human Physiology, it will not be offered in 2017. Students will be able to substitute with BIOL2115 Comparative Physiology or take the 3000 level re-badged course in 2018.

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on:
  • Lab quizzes and/or short essays (15%; LO 1, 2)
  • Lab report (15%; LO 2, 3, 4, 5)
  • Mid-term and final examinations (70%; LO 1, 2)

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Three lectures per week and seven three-hour laboratory sessions

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed 72 units towards a degree including BIOL1003 and BIOL1004. Incompatible with BIOL2103 or BIOL6001



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

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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
2017 $4092
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $5454
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4461 19 Feb 2018 27 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 In Person N/A

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