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Undergraduate Studies

The School teaches students who are registered for degrees in the Faculties of Health Sciences, Science and Humanities. Its primary commitment in the Health Sciences Faculty is to approximately 200 medical students, 100 Bachelor of Health Sciences students (second and third year), 50 dental students, and 260 pharmacy, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and nursing students who study physiology in their second year. Furthermore, the School teaches aspects of the integrated Graduate Entry Medical Program for approximately 250 students in the later years of their medical studies, as well as about 50 dental students, who take clinical physiology in their third year of study. Approximately fifteen Oral Hygiene students study a combined physiology and anatomy course. Third year dental students are taught in collaboration with the School of Anatomical Sciences in the Oral Biology course. 

In the Faculty of Science, the School teaches courses at the second and third year level. The School also offers an Honours course.  Physiology courses in the Faculty of Science cover human physiology, animal physiology and environmental physiology. Approximately 100 science students graduate in physiology each year.  In the Faculty of Humanities, students studying Speech and Hearing Therapy are taught in collaboration with the School of Anatomical Sciences.


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Physiology Courses - Faculty of Health Sciences

Physiology and Medical Biochemistry (PHSL2003)

This second-year course consists of lectures, problem-based tutorials and practicals and is designed for B Pharm, BSc (Physio), BSc (OT), BNurs and BDS students.

The course co-ordinators are:

Physiology and Medical Biochemistry (PHSL2004)

This is the course for medical and second year BHSc students.  It covers physiology and biochemistry at a deeper level than that offered in the course PHSL2003.  It consists of lectures, problem-based tutorials and practicals.

The course co-ordinator is:

Graduate Entry Medical Program -GEMP I (SCMD3000)

Staff members in the School are involved in teaching lectures, practicals and tutorials in most blocks of the Graduate Entry Medical Program. The lectures are clinical in nature and build on second year knowledge.

The course co-ordinator for the School contribution to the GEMP is:

Anatomy and Functional Anatomy (ANAT1000)

A qualifying course taught jointly with the School of Anatomical Sciences for students taking the Degree of Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Hearing Therapy. The course covers the basic anatomy and physiology of relevance to the professional needs of speech and hearing therapists.


Anatomy and Physiology (ANAT1001)

A qualifying course taught jointly with the School of Anatomical Sciences for students taking the Diploma in Oral Hygiene.  The course covers the basic anatomy of the mouth and the physiology of relevance to the professional need of oral hygienists.


Conceptual Oral Biology (ANAT3021/4003)

This is a compulsory course for third and fourth year dental students and its purpose is to cover the applied and clinical aspects of the physiology and anatomy of the mouth. The course is problem and tutorial based.


Physiology Courses - Faculty of Science

Physiology II (PHSL2000)

This course is the first qualifying course in physiology in the Faculty of Science, taught on the D diagonal. It consists of lectures, practicals and tutorials covering major body systems, and its aim is to provide students with a general, basic knowledge of mammalian (including human) physiology. Students entering the course have to have prior credit for first year courses in physics or mathematics, chemistry, and either zoology or general biology. It can be taken in the second or third year of study (in conjunction with other subjects in the Faculty of Science).

The course co-ordinators are:

Human Physiology III (PHSL3006)

This third-year course is a major course for a life sciences BSc and BHSc and is taught on the A diagonal. The course focuses on human physiology and extends students’ knowledge to aspects of clinical and pathophysiology. The course consists of lectures and tutorials and a limited practical programme and is aimed to equip students to pursue further academic studies or a career in law, business or industry where a knowledge of human body function and the pathophysiology of common diseases and conditions, is an advantage.

The course co-ordinators are: