BIOL 2035


Course Level


Offered Externally


Course ID


Unit Value


University-wide elective course

Course owner

Course owner
UniSA Clinical & Health Sciences

Course aim

To provide knowledge of the normal function of the human body and the ways in which the bodily systems integrate with each other.

Course content

Neuromuscular system: nervous system organisation - autonomic, somatic, sensory, pain, musculoskeletal control and function.  Endocrine system: homeostatic control, hormone action, classes and glands, hypothalamic-pituitary-organ interactions, reproductive hormones, thyroid hormones and abnormalities, clinical perspectives of hormones related to fuel metabolism, diabetes and stress. Cardiovascular system: the heart, circulatory system, cardiovascular control, blood pressure, cardiovascular disturbances. Respiratory system: respiratory mechanics, gas exchange, gas transport, control of respiration, respiratory diseases (restrictive, obstructive), extreme conditions (exercise, altitude). Cardio-respiratory integration: cardio-respiratory control during exercise, ventilation-perfusion matching. Urinary system: renal processes and control (glomerular filtration, tubular re-absorption and secretion), fluid balance, acid-base balance. Gastrointestinal system: digestive processes (motility, secretion, digestion, absorption), parts of the digestive system, control of digestion (intrinsic and extrinsic nerves, gastrointestinal hormones).  The theoretical systems content is reinforced practically through state-of-the-art experiential technologies enabling real time collection and analysis of students' physiological data. These are used to apply the scientific method, as well as develop problem solving and critical analytical skills.


Martini, FH, Nath, JL & Bartholomew, Fundamentals of Anatomy & Physiology, Current Edition, Pearson


Common to all relevant programs
Subject Area & Catalogue Number Course Name
BIOL 1007 Biology A
BIOL 1012 Biology B



Teaching method

Component Duration
Lecture 3 hours x 13 weeks
Practical 3 hours x 6 weeks
Tutorial 2 hour x 6 weeks

Note: These components may or may not be scheduled in every study period. Please refer to the timetable for further details.


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EFTSL*: 0.125
Commonwealth Supported program (Band 2)
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Course Coordinators

UniSA Clinical & Health Sciences

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