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    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.

    About this paper

    Paper title Physiology (for BMLSc)
    Subject Medical Laboratory Science
    EFTS 0.166
    Points 21 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,500.97
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    PHCY 251 or (PHSL 231 and PHSL 232 and PHSL 233) or PHSL 251
    Limited to

    Essential for the Medical Laboratory Science programme.


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    Course Co-ordinator : Liz Erickson

    Teaching staff

    Convener: Liz Erickson

    Lecturers: Associate Professor Regis Lamberts

    Liz Erickson

    Dr Joon Kim

    Dr Shane Ohline

    Associate Professor Daryl Schwenke

    Associate Professor Pete Jones

    Jennifer Schack

    Dr Toni-Ann Alsop

    Dr Andrew Bahn

    Please note: Teaching staff maybe subject to change.

    Paper Structure

    Fifty 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

    Four lectures each week and five laboratory sessions, usually on alternate weeks (check timetable to confirm laboratory dates).


    Widmaier Vander's "Human Physiology”, ISE 16th edn, McGraw Hill, Inc., New York, 2022.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Critical thinking, Ethics, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete this paper will have acquired extensive knowledge of the physiology and pathophysiology of body systems.


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 09:00-09:50 9-13, 15-22
    B1 Tuesday 09:00-09:50 9-13, 15-22
    C1 Wednesday 09:00-09:50 9-13, 15-22
    E1 Friday 09:00-09:50 9-12, 15-22


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    P1 Wednesday 14:00-16:50 10, 12, 17, 19, 21
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