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PP2101 - Medical Physiology 1

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Public Health, Medical and Vet Sciences

Available to any students with an interest in physiology, excluding Nursing Science and Pharmacy students.

This subject provides the student with the foundation knowledge for further studies in human physiology and pharmacology. It covers a diversity of functions of the human body including cell and tissue organisation; tissue excitation; blood and lymph and the physiology of the nervous, endocrine, musculoskeletal and cardiac systems. Students will be introduced to scientific writing, including literature searching, data analysis, and the application of basic statistics. This knowledge is essential for careers in health related areas, human biomedical research and drug research development.

Learning Outcomes

  • associate how the above systems work together in normal human functioning;
  • demonstrate personal and social responsibility and accountability through an awareness of ethical frameworks, by working safely and responsibly in individual and team environments in the laboratory setting;
  • describe the physiology underlying the cellular, nervous, endocrine, muscular and cardiovascular systems;
  • compare the socio-ecological impact, pathophysiology and treatment underlying a disease process between low, medium and high socio- economic (SES) societies;
  • relate (both verbally and in writing) how established methods and research in biomedical science further understanding of physiological processes.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (40%) - Individual
  • Written > Test/Quiz 1 - (30%) - Individual
  • Written > Poster - (10%) - Group
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Practical assessment/practical skills demonstration - (20%) - Individual.

Special Assessment Requirements

Participate in at least 80% of the laboratory / workshop classes, Achieve a minimum of 50% for the end of semester examination.

Prerequisites: at least 18CP of level 1 subjects


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 23-Mar-2023
Lecturers: Dr Lisa Chilton, Professor Zoltan Sarnyai, Dr Beena Suvarna, Dr Richard Francis.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 36 hours lectures
  • 22 hours specialised
  • assessment and self-directed study

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.