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PP2131 - Human Pathophysiology and Pharmacology 1

Credit points: 3
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences

Available to Nursing Science students only.

This subject builds on the fundamental science concepts introduced in BM1011 and BM1022. It covers the major principles and concepts of pathophysiology and pharmacology in relation to human health and disease. Students will examine the pathophysiology of pain, fluid and electrolyte imbalances, alterations in respiratory, renal and cardiovscular function, neoplasia as well as their respective drug treatments.

Learning Outcomes

  • relate medical investigation and treatment, including pharmacology, to the pathophysiological breakdown of health processes;
  • discuss basic principles and concepts of pharmacology;
  • discuss the principles of fluid exchange and distribution in the body;
  • discuss the principles of oxygenation and alterations in oxygenation due to breakdown in respiratory function;
  • explore the principles of oxygenation and impairments in oxygenation due to alterations in vascular perfusion and cardiac function;
  • evaluate the role of anatomical development as it relates to adequate cardiovascular function;
  • explore the concept of stress as a mediator of inadequate cardiovascular function;
  • discuss alterations in peripheral nervous system function and the implications for systemic regulation.
Prerequisites: BM1011 and BM1022


Study Period 1, External
Census Date 28-Mar-2019
Coordinator: Dr David Simcock
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor John Smithson, Dr Lisa Chilton, Dr Anupama Bangara Kulur, Dr David Simcock.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 50 hours lectures
  • 10 hours tutorials
  • assessment and self-directed study
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU
Assessment: end of semester exam (60%); online test (20%); online test 2 (20%).

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.