Integrated Systems Physiology

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Integrated Systems Physiology

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Human Biology, Physiology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Prerequisite: 1011MSC Physiological Science I or 1017MSC Anatomy & Physiology Systems II

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Course Description
    This course advances the physiology taught in first year with particular emphasis on the cardiovascular, respiratory and renal body systems. It forms the foundation of applied physiology courses that follow and will consist of lectures, laboratory sessions and case study analysis.
    Course Introduction
    Integrated Systems Physiology (ISP) has been designed to enable students to build on knowledge and understanding of their first year physiology by studying the integrated response of physiological systems to a range of stresses and clinical conditions. The principal systems considered are the muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory and renal body systems
    As a second year course, ISP places a stronger emphasis on a student's ability to study independently. This includes being able to (a) identify and employ effective learning strategies (b) pre-read resource material in preparation for lectures, labs and tutorials and (c) read around the topics to develop a more comprehensive understanding of the concepts being addressed.
    Course Aims
    This course aims to build on Foundation Year Health Science by exploring the integrated response of the human body's physiological systems to both environmental and pathological stresses. In this way, the course aims to develop skills in interpreting (patho)physiological data leading to assessment of functional capacity of single/multiple body systems.
    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1 Describe the physiology of selected body systems and control mechanisms, namely: muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory and renal.
    2 Discuss the combined actions of two or more of the above body systems in controlling the following homeostatic processes: blood pressure, blood flow and substrate delivery, blood electrolyte and volume control, arterio-venous oxygen and carbon dioxide concentrations, and acid base (pH) regulation of extracellular fluids.
    3 Discuss the broader implications of cardio/resp/renal function as linked to nutrition, metabolism, energetics and ageing.
    4 Explain the function, regulation and adaptation of selected body systems during the homeostatic perturbation of exercise & training.
    5 Explain the function, regulation and adaptation / failure of selected body systems during the homeostatic perturbations of common cardio/resp/renal disease states.
    6 Source and integrate current scientific literature into your understanding of pathophysiological conditions above.
    7 Use appropriate data acquisition, handling, and experimental design in physiological testing of cardiovascular / respiratory function, and introductory exercise testing procedures

    Assessment Task

    Weighting/Marked out of

    Test or quiz
    Quiz 1


    Test or quiz
    Quiz 2


    Exam - constructed response
    Mid Semester Exam


    Test or quiz
    Quiz 3


    Test or quiz
    Quiz 4


    Exam - constructed response
    End of Semester Exam


Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.