BMS130 Physiological Sciences 2 (8)

This subject continues the foundation study of the function of the human body. Topics in this subject include the physiology of the cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, renal and reproductive systems including pertinent medical considerations. Students gain anatomical and physiological knowledge in practical classes and lectures. Distance students attend residential school where practical classes will be conducted.


* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.

Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Orange Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Online *
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: BMS130. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Biomedical Sciences



Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to describe the principal structural features and locations of each component organ of the following body systems: circulatory, respiratory, digestive, renal and reproductive systems;
  • be able to describe the functions of each component organ of the following body systems: circulatory, respiratory, digestive, renal and reproductive systems; and
  • be able to outline the principles of physiological regulation in each of the following body systems and the integration of these in the entire organism: circulatory, respiratory, digestive, renal and reproductive systems.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Circulatory system: circulation, haemodynamics, the cardiac cycle, ECG and blood pressure control; cardiovascular regulation; lymphatic system.
  • Respiratory system: functional anatomy of the respiratory system, ventilation and lung mechanics, gas exchange, transport of gases in the blood, control of respiration.
  • Digestive system: functional anatomy of the gastrointestinal tract and associated structures; physiology of digestion and absorption; regulation of gastrointestinal processes; metabolism and nutrition.
  • Renal system: functional anatomy of the urinary system; mechanism of urine formation, regulation of pH, sodium, chloride and water balance, hormonal control of urine production.
  • Reproductive system: male and female reproductive anatomy; female reproductive cycles; male and female gamete formation; fertilisation, implantation and pregnancy, foetal development and lactation; contraception.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of BMS130 in Session 2 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Midsession exam
Final exam

Residential School

This subject contains a 4 day Compulsory Residential School.

The subject includes students from 3 cohorts; Wagga Internal students, Wagga Distance students and Orange Internal students.  The internal students from Orange and Wagga are not required to attend the Residential School as they do their practical classes each week on their respective campuses. For the Wagga Distance students attendance at the Residential School it is compulsory.  This subject requires a Residential School to deliver practical classes to develop anatomical and physiological knowledge in each of the body systems and deepened the understanding of material that is taught in the lectures, and thus gain a better understanding of each system studied.  The practical classes involve students using models and wet animal specimens which will enable this deeper understanding of anatomical relationships.

Special Resources

Students attending compulsory residential schools on CSU campuses will incur costs associated with travel, accommodation and required resources for lab based practicals.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: July 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.