Course Title: Systems Physiology

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Systems Physiology

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021,
Sem 2 2022,
Sem 2 2023

Course Coordinator: Dr Elizabeth Verghese

Course Coordinator Phone: +6139925

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Bundoora West

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required prior study (Pre-requisites)



Course Description

This course will expand upon previous studies in BIOL2480 Introductory Human Biosciences and develop your understanding of the physiology of major body systems. It will further contribute to the foundational knowledge required for program-specific application of anatomical and physiological information in the Endocrine system, Cardiovascular system, Respiratory system, Digestive system, renal system and Integrated neural control mechanisms for these body systems.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the development of the following Program Learning Outcome/s:

Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Laboratory Medicine) (BP147):

  • Understand appropriate and relevant, theoretical concepts of scientific knowledge with the ability to use and apply the knowledge in a wide range of problem solving, challenging and interpretative situations within the professional laboratory medicine discipline (PLO 1)

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BP321 Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Radiations) (aligned to the Accreditation Standards of the Medical Radiations Practice Board of Australia):

Standard 1

  • Apply knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology to practice (1.a)

Bachelor of Nursing (BP032) In accordance with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia Registered Nurse Standards for Practice:

  • Thinks critically and analyses nursing practice (PLO 1)

Upon successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Identify the major endocrine glands and explain the role of the endocrine system in blood glucose homeostasis, the stress response, and in maintaining normal growth and metabolism.
  2. Explain the integrated regulation of cardiac output and blood pressure by heart and blood vessels.
  3. Identify main elements in blood and explain the key events in haemostasis.
  4. Describe the mechanisms controlling pulmonary ventilation and the subsequent exchange and transport of gases.
  5. Explain the role of the digestive system in the absorption and processing of nutrients by the body.
  6. Describe the basic renal processes and explain the role of the kidney in maintaining fluid and electrolyte balance.
  7. Discuss the role of the nervous system in the control of these body systems.

Overview of Learning Activities

Course materials will be delivered predominantly online and supported with face-to-face workshops/tutorials.

Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resources in this course include:

  • Online learning activities
  • Recommended readings from textbooks, online sources, and designated references
  • Workshop/tutorial activities

Online resources will be made available via the RMIT Learning Management System (LMS).

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Online tests

Weighting 15%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7

Assessment Task 2: Workshop/tutorial learning activities

Weighting 35%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7

Assessment Task 3: Case study/scenario based Assignment

Weighting 25%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7

Assessment Task 4: Case study/scenario based Assignment

Weighting 25%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7