Macquarie University

Course Description

  • Course Name


  • Host University

    Macquarie University

  • Location

    Sydney, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Biology, Neuroscience, Physiology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    6 credit points from BBE100 or BIOL108 or BIOL114 or BIOL115 of HLTH108 or HLTH109 or PSY104 of PSY105 or PSYC104 or PSYC105

  • 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

    This unit considers the function of nerves and hormones in the regulation of body functions. We begin with a discussion on how the selective permeability of the cell membrane gives rise to the electrical properties of cells, in particular nerve and muscle cells. The function and organisation of nerves into central and peripheral nervous systems, as well as specialised nerves and organs giving rise to the sensory system, is investigated in detail before we examine their role in homeostasis and muscle control. We then cover the neuroendocrine system, which is the link between the central nervous system and the endocrine system, before looking at the function of the main groups of hormones and their interrelationship with the immune system.
    This unit is designed to serve science, medical science and chiropractic students and is also of interest to students studying psychology with an emphasis on physiology.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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.