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PP3201 - Contemporary Research in Physiology

Credit points: 3
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: School of Veterinary & Biomedical Sciences (pre 2015)

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 current research interests of academic staff in the Discipline of Physiology and Pharmacology. The subject is designed for students interested in learning more about research, and as a conduit to pursuing such research via Honours or other established research pathways. Assessments are structured as 'authentic tasks' typically undertaken by biomedical researchers.

Learning Outcomes

  • summarise and evaluate a broad selection of current research concepts in physiology, as well as describe and evaluate a range of experimental methods suitable for in vitro and in vivo research;
  • collect, analyse and interpret data using selected experimental methods in the context of the current literature, and 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, design studies to investigate these areas, then 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, as well as 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 28-Aug-2014
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Damien Paris
Lecturers: Ms Tina Langford, Dr Hayley Letson, Assoc. Professor Catherine Rush, Dr Robert Kinobe, Professor Bruce Gummow, Assoc. Professor Damien Paris, Dr Ernie Jennings, Assoc. Professor Haleagrahara Nagaraja, Professor Zoltan Sarnyai, Dr Sean Holroyd, Dr David Simcock, Professor Geoffrey Dobson.
Workload expectations:
  • 33 hours lectures
  • 40 hours practicals
  • 10 hours workshops/Seminars
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); assignments (30%); grant proposal/oral seminars (20%).

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