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PHCY251 Physiology (for BPharm)

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

PHCY 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 pharmacy.

Paper title Physiology (for BPharm)
Paper code PHCY251
Subject Pharmacy
EFTS 0.1330
Points 17 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,043.52
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,854.50

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(PHSL 231 and PHSL 232 and PHSL 233) or PHSL 251
Limited to
Course Convenor is Professor Brian Hyland,
Teaching staff
Professor Brian Hyland, Associate Professor Fiona McDonald, Professor Colin Brown, Dr Phil Heyward, Associate Professor Phil Sheard, Dr Pete Jones, Dr Daryl Schwenke, Dr Andrew Bahn, Dr Steven Condliffe
Teaching Arrangements
Assessment includes two 1-hour multichoice progress tests during the semester, a similar multichoice test during the final examination timeslot and a 2-hour short-notes written examination. Students must pass the short notes component of the assessment to pass the paper as a whole. All topics and modules are examined, including case- and experiment-based material from lab classes.
Paper Structure
Lecture topics include:
  • Body composition
  • Nerve
  • Muscle
  • Somatic and special senses
  • Pain
  • Higher brain functions
  • Endocrinology
  • Cardiovascular system
  • Respiration
  • Kidney
  • Gastrointestinal system
  • Exercise
  • Temperature regulation
Laboratory classes are based on case presentations and experiments investigating:
  • Cell physiology
  • Nerve
  • Muscle
  • Cardiac cycle
  • Respiration
  • Kidney
  • Gastrointestinal
(There is some variation between courses)

Students are given study topics and are expected to prepare material in their own time before coming to the laboratory. In all cases, topics build upon and require prior knowledge of material taught in HUBS 191 and 192.
Widmaier, Raff, Strang: Vander's "Human Physiology: The Mechanisms of Body Function," 13th edn, McGraw Hill, Inc., New York, 2014.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Critical thinking, Ethics, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes
  • Acquired a deep and coherent and knowledge in physiology and the ability to apply that knowledge to a wide range of clinical situations

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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 9-15, 17-22
B1 Tuesday 09:00-09:50 9-15, 18-22
C1 Wednesday 09:00-09:50 9-15, 17-22
E1 Friday 09:00-09:50 9-14, 17-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
C1 Wednesday 14:00-16:50 10, 12, 17, 19, 21
C2 Friday 14:00-16:50 10, 12, 17, 19, 21
C3 Wednesday 14:00-16:50 11, 13, 18, 20, 22
C4 Friday 14:00-16:50 11, 13, 18, 20, 22