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MELS251 Physiology (for BMLSc)

2021 information for papers will be published in early September. 

Further examination of the function of major organ systems of the human body, with relevance to the practice of medical laboratory science.

MELS 251 will build on and extend your understanding of the physiology of the nervous, muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory, renal and gastrointestinal system topics that you were introduced to in HUBS 191 and HUBS 192. The laboratories are designed to complement the practice of medical laboratory science.

Paper title Physiology (for BMLSc)
Paper code MELS251
Subject Medical Laboratory Science
EFTS 0.1660
Points 21 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,382.12
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $6,764.17

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(PHSL 231 and PHSL 232 and PHSL 233) or PHSL 251 or PHCY 251
Limited to
Essential for the Medical Laboratory Science programme

Course Convener: Associate Professor Daryl Schwenke

Teaching staff

Dr Karl Iremonger, Associate Professor Phil Sheard, Associate Professor Pete Jones, Associate Professor Daryl Schwenke, Dr Andrew Bahn, Dr Phil Heyward

Teaching staff may change, please check deparmtent website for updated details.

Paper Structure
51 lectures on topics including:
  • Body composition
  • Nerve
  • Muscle
  • Somatic and special senses
  • Pain
  • Higher brain functions
  • Endocrinology
  • Cardiovascular system
  • Respiration
  • Kidney
  • Gastrointestinal system
  • Exercise
  • Temperature regulation
Five laboratories, including self-directed clinical case studies:
  • Cell physiology
  • Nerve and muscle physiology
  • Cardiac cycle
  • Respiratory control
  • Kidney and gut
Teaching Arrangements
4 lectures each week and 5 laboratory sessions, usually on alternate weeks (check timetable to confirm laboratory dates).

Widmaier, Raff, Strang: Vander's "Human Physiology: The Mechanisms of Body Function," 15th edn, McGraw Hill, Inc., New York, 2019.

Course outline
See the Department of Physiology website
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Critical thinking, Ethics, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Acquired extensive knowledge of the physiology and pathophysiology of body systems.

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First Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 09:00-09:50 9-12, 18-22
B1 Tuesday 09:00-09:50 10-12, 18-22
C1 Wednesday 09:00-09:50 9-12, 18-22
E1 Friday 09:00-09:50 9-12, 18-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
P1 Wednesday 14:00-16:50 11, 18, 20, 22