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PP2201 - Medical Physiology 2

Credit points: 3
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Public Health, Medical & 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 respiration, gastro-intestinal physiology and nutrition, renal physiology, special senses and reproductive physiology. 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

  • 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;
  • compare and contrast how the above systems work together in normal human functioning;
  • describe the physiology underlying the respiratory, gastrointestinal, renal, special senses and reproductive systems;
  • relate (both verbally and in writing) how established methods and research in biomedical science further understanding of physiologica processes;
  • compare the socio-ecological impact, pathophysiology and treatment underlying a disease process between low, medium and high socio- economic (SES) societies.
Prerequisites: at least 18CP of level 1 subjects


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 29-Aug-2019
Coordinator: Dr Lisa Chilton
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Suzy Munns, Assoc. Professor Damien Paris, Assoc. Professor Haleagrahara Nagaraja, Dr Anupama Bangara Kulur, Dr Richard Francis, Dr Donna Martin.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 36 hours lectures
  • 24 hours practicals
  • assessment and self-directed study
Assessment: end of semester exam (40%); quizzes or tests (25%); assignments (35%).

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.