Body systems physiology
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Having just completed this unit, I don't really understand the negative feedback this unit received on this site. THE LECTURES I found these pretty comprehensive and well structured. It does walk you through a basic run-through of the renal, respiratory and cardiac system. Honestly, my favourite lecturer was Fashad who taught the respiratory modules. I went to some drop-in sessions pre-exam and it was clear some people didn't really follow the lectures and expected to be spoon-fed, which was frustrating. THE LAB REPORT There's a 16% scientific paper you have to produce on class data related to factors influencing systolic pressure. It was probably the hardest report I've written and whilst it felt like marking was inconsistent across all lab reports, it was a great process to learn scientific writing. THE EXAM I have no idea how anyone could complain about this exam, we were given all of the exam questions in the practice book, so you literally just did them beforehand. I was able to score an 88 in this unit, Phy2032 was awesome as well but I didn't score as highly.
Anonymous, Semester 2, 2019
It looks like this unit hasn't changed much since 2017 - which is surprising, because I'm sure they've got a lot of constructive feedback through SETUs. As mentioned in other comments, the lectures are very dry and boring - three, very dense lectures a week - just a total information dump, with little clarification of what's relevant. The pracs are quite old fashioned, but they link in with the lecture content well - were probably the most enjoyable part of the unit - and are quite easy to do well in. There are no workshops, so it feels quite distant from other students and staff, and there is limited opportunity to revise learning outside of pracs. I don't know if it's because he's stressed or something at the moment (he did quite frequently complain to students about the workload but dude, that's your job), but the unit coordinator's responses to student forum queries were often very condescending and jaded. For example, when one student asked if she could see her (marked) rubric for the major written assignment, he responded, quite patronisingly, that the rubrics had been on Moodle all semester, and he'd even been through them in class. When the student clarified that no, actually, she would like to see her /graded/ rubric, he went on a, frankly, bizarre rant about how "in the real world you don't get marks or rubrics" and how we need to be receptive to criticism - I think the simpler answer is that they just didn't complete the marking rubrics, honestly. Lecturer responses to questions were also quite vague, occasionally involving simply telling the student they were wrong and not elaborating despite further questions - this happened a few times in relation to assessed lab work, which was quite frustrating to a lot of my classmates. Overall, a very disappointing unit. Decent labs, but going into the exam I feel completely overwhelmed and unprepared. Revision is a nightmare, because there's more than 30 hours of lecture content plus very dense readings - all of which can't possibly be examined, but we've been given little indication as to what will be. Lecturer responses often unhelpful, and the unit coordinator, despite obviously putting in a lot of effort into responding to student questions, is an intimidating and unsympathetic character due to his condescension and derision in the face of basic student questions. If you only have to do one second year physiology unit, chose PHY2032 over this one -- much better.
Anonymous, Semester 2, 2019
The unit content is not too bad but the lectures are SO boring. I feel like they could have taught the content in so many more interesting ways but they don't. The pracs are quite old-fashioned and have not changed much in years. You can literally find prac reports on the internet from as old as 2014 uploaded by past students when I can assure you my 2017 prac report had the exact same questions. So they have not changed much and improved anything. The lectures are not so bad. But can get quite boring.
Anonymous, Semester 2, 2017
The lectures were pretty garbage, everything was very long winded so it was hard to discern what information was actually relevant, however content was definitely covered in depth. Continually found discrepancies between tutors in marking assignments which was frustrating. Labs were relevant and pretty interesting.
Anonymous, Semester 2, 2017
Good subject. Some concepts can get a little confusing, so make sure you ask questions throughout the semester as trying to understand these concepts during exam time is almost impossible.
Anonymous, Semester 2, 2016
to get the most out of this unit do PHY2032 at the same time otherwise can be a bit difficult to grasp concepts. Practicals seem to be a little bit long and repetitive but all round a pretty good unit.