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PHTY251 Physiology (for BPhty)

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

PHTY 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 physiotherapy.

Paper title Physiology (for BPhty)
Paper code PHTY251
Subject Physiotherapy
EFTS 0.133
Points 17 points
Teaching period First Semester (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $968.37
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,677.50

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(PHSL 231 and PHSL 232 and PHSL 233) or PHSL 251
Limited to
Essential for the Physiotherapy programme.

Course coordinator: Associate Professor Daryl Schwenke (

Teaching staff

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

Note teaching staff may change; please refer to the department's website for updated information.

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
Four laboratories, including self-directed clinical case studies:
  • Cell physiology
  • Nerve and muscle physiology
  • Cardiac cycle and
  • Respiratory control
Teaching Arrangements
Four lectures each week and four 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.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Critical thinking, Ethics, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will acquire 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 9-13, 15-16, 18-22
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
Attend one stream from
B1 Tuesday 10:00-12:50 10, 12, 15, 17, 19
B2 Tuesday 10:00-12:50 9, 11, 16, 18, 20