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Biomedical Physiology (BMS206)

Organisational Unit Medical, Molecular and Forensic Sciences
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit will cover the functioning of the individual organs and tissues of the human body, including nervous, muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory, renal and alimentary systems. The mechanism of action will be considered in terms of the cellular and tissue structure and the physical processes necessary to maintain a healthy body. Control mechanisms will be outlined. Practical exercises will utilise computer simulations and human subjects.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Explain the normal physiology of the major organs covered in the unit, provide an overview of the major control mechanisms for these organs, and relate this to the function of the body as a whole. (Function).
2. Integrate information across the topics of study to develop a basic understanding of how homeostasis is maintained in the healthy body and the abnormal physiological processes are that associated with disease in multiple body systems. (Integration).
3. Apply your understanding of physiological principles to interpret and explain experimental results obtained in physiology laboratory classes. (Application).
4. Apply independent study skills by researching and critically reviewing information from peer reviewed literature, and work effectively to communicate that information in the form of a group oral presentation. (Research and communication skills).
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 3 x 1 hour per week; practicals: 1 x 4 hours per week; tutorials: 1 x 1 hour per week (optional).
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is to combine strong grounding in the core principles of biomedical physiology in lecture classes with application of those principles to hands-on activities in practical classes. To get the most out of BMS206, students should endeavour to integrate their understanding of the different topics into a coherent picture of body function as a whole. In general, the goal of the course is for you to understand body function, not to rote learn many fine details. To achieve this understanding, you will need to engage in out-of class study to cement and check on your understanding of lecture and practical material. To assist in this task, a sophisticated online unit has been developed with extensive resources to assist student's private learning, including interactive self-tests and discussion boards for peer-assisted learning.
Assessment Assessment is based on three intra-semester quizzes, a Group Oral Presentation and a written exam. Quizzes occur at intervals throughout semester and provide an opportunity for students to monitor their performance in the unit in response to feedback. Quizzes are also the primary assessment of practical class material. Past quiz and exam papers, interactive multiple-choice questions and anonymous discussion forums related to each topic of study are provided in the online unit to assist students with quiz and exam preparation. Oral presentation groups are given instruction on characteristics of strong and weak oral presentations and are provided with tools to promote effective group work (formation of a group charter, templates for group meeting minutes).
Prerequisites BMS107 Foundations of Vertebrate Form and Function
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed BMS264 Biomedical Physiology may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Bachelor of Laboratory Medicine (BLabMed) [New in 2020]
Biology and Human Biology Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
Biomedical Science (BSc) [New in 2020]
Chiropractic Science + Clinical Chiropractic (BSc)+(BClinChiro) [New in 2015]
Food Science and Nutrition (BFoodScNutr )
Appears in these Minors Biomedical Science
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Sarah Etherington
Senior Lecturer in Physiology

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6708
e: S.Etherington@murdoch.edu.au
o: 250.2.042 - Building 250, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Dr Sarah Etherington
Senior Lecturer in Physiology

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6708
e: S.Etherington@murdoch.edu.au
o: 250.2.042 - Building 250, Murdoch Campus
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