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PP3201 - Contemporary Research in Physiology

Credit points: 3.0
Year: 2017
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences

This subject will build upon the basic and theoretical concepts taught in other physiology subjects. Students will investigate and evaluate an array of technologies and methods currently employed in monitoring/quantitating physiological processes and the application of these methods to solve physiological problems. This subject will explore a broad selection of research concepts in physiology with a focus on the research interests of academic staff in the Fields of Physiology and Pharmacology.

Learning Outcomes

  • Summarise and evaluate a broad selection of current research concepts in physiology;
  • Describe and evaluate a range of experimental methods suitable for in vitro and in vivo research in physiology;
  • Collect, analyse and interpret data using selected experimental methods in the context of the current physiological literature;
  • Prepare critical scientific reports in the format of journal article submissions within the discipline of physiology;
  • Evaluate scientific literature to identify current research problems/new research opportunities, then design studies to investigate these areas;
  • As a team formulate a novel research question, and compose and present a grant application; demonstrating a depth of knowledge in one specific area;
  • Demonstrate biosafety principles, and ethical standards within the context of laboratory classes;
  • Practise academic integrity in, but not limited to, report writing, group work and examinations..
Prerequisites: PP2101 and PP2201
PP3102 and PP5201


Townsville, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 24-Aug-2017
Coordinator: Dr Damien Paris
Lecturers: Professor Bruce Gummow, Dr Robert Kinobe, Miss Hayley Letson, Dr Catherine Rush, Assoc. Professor Zoltan Sarnyai, Dr David Simcock, Professor Geoffrey Dobson, Dr Haleagrahara Nagaraja, Dr Damien Paris, Ms Tina Langford, Dr Glenn Harrison.
Contact hours:
  • 36 hours lectures
  • 24 hours practicals
    Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); assignments (30%); seminars (20%).

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