This course has recently shifted to online learning in 2019, and despite Stephen Anderson's best efforts, it is painfully bad. The practicals verge on pointless, with the tutors and students equally having no clue. The equipment was limited and consistently not working properly, there is a four-person group assignment, and have fun trying to urinate in a cup after having already urinated in a cup 15 minutes prior. Unless you enjoy reading a dictionary in your spare time, you will find the online learning tedious, tiresome and ineffective.
Overall this was a really interesting course which nicely extended on content taught in BIOM2011/2013. Most of the lecturers was were very interesting, aside from two lectures that were given on statistics which I could simply not sit through. Fortunately the content was purely support for the prac report and not otherwise assessable, and in any case most of the lab tutors didn't require lengthly statistical analysis of results (nor did they want to read it). The only other weak lecturer really was for the cardiology module, but the content made up for that to some extent.
There is limited assessment throughout semester, which is good as it is a relatively easy course to manage in terms of the workload, but the final exam has a high weighting. The final exam did not through many curve balls and with adequate preparation you could get a really good mark. Plus, the short answer questions for the endocrinology module are provided to you in a question bank beforehand so there are some guaranteed marks as you walk in.
The major downside of this course for me were the practicals. They were boring and very basic as you were performing tests that I can recall doing at high school. Also, part of the assessment is designing your own prac and the best one in the prac session is chosen and done by the whole group. This created problems when a bad topic with limited scientific backing was selected (and this was reflected in the marks of the prac reports for many).
All in all though this is a great course and would recommend anyone to do!
Semester 2 - 2014
Is lecture attendance necessary?
Is the textbook necessary?
Interesting content, particularly the endocrinology content
Bank of SAQs for endocrinology module are provided, including that ones that will be in the exam
A fantastic course, one of the best courses I have taken in my undergrad degree. The course is very well structured and builds on the knowledge gained in BIOL2200 and BIOM2011 (Seriously reconsider this course if you haven't done those pre-requisites). All aspects of the course are interesting and the majority is on a systems level, with only some molecular and cellular aspects but these too are integrated in the context of the entire body. If you want to have a good understanding of the physiology of the human body, do this course. Don't be put off it by BIOM2011, they couldn't be more different. The pracs are fairly interesting too and you really direct what happens in them. The report is also fairly easy to do well in if you follow the structure learned from BIOM2011. The 'learning experience' in the first two pracs however felt like a waste of time. All of the lecturers really know their stuff and Stephen Andersen will provide his EOS exam questions if you ask him to. The only downside would be the lectures by Dr Nick Lavidis, he doesn't really deliver his lectures well but they are still interesting.