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Systems Physiology - BIOL247

This unit considers the maintenance of body homeostasis. We investigate the cardiovascular system including an examination of the electrical and mechanical functions of the heart, its interaction with the blood vessels, and the hormones and the autonomic nervous system that control heart function. Next we study the role of the renal system in the control of the chemical composition of the body, water balance and body fluid volume. An overview of the respiratory and gastrointestinal systems will follow. Practical classes involve measuring physiological parameters such as blood pressure and electrical conduction through the heart (the ECG) in humans.

Credit Points: 3
When Offered:

S2 Day - Session 2, North Ryde, Day

S2 External - Session 2, External (On-campus dates: Compulsory)

Staff Contact(s): Dr Julia Raftos

BIOL257 or (6cp from BIOL115 and (BBE100 or BIOL114 or BIOL116 or BIOL108 or BIOL122)) or (HLTH108 and HLTH109) or (PSY104 and PSY105) or (PSYC104 and PSYC105Prerequisite Information


NCCW(s): BIOL358
Unit Designation(s):

Medical Sciences


Unit Type:
Assessed As: Graded
Offered By:

Department of Biological Sciences

Faculty of Science and Engineering

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