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PP3251 - Systemic Pathophysiology and Therapeutics

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

The pathophysiology of the human organ systems and the rationales behind therapeutic intervention. The organ systems studied include the cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, genitourinary and endocrine systems.

Learning Outcomes

  • how drug treatments may be used to correct these biochemical and functional imbalances, helping to restore normal function;
  • how the normal functioning of the human organ systems may become transformed in the disease state, e.g. airway hypersensitivity in asthma;
  • the aims in developing highly specific and selective drug treatments and the problems associated with drug side effects;
  • the biochemical and functional imbalances which lead to pathophysiological changes in organ function;
  • understand the main terms used in systemic pathology and to be able to identify the major histopathological changes in diseased organs.
Prerequisites: PP2101 PP2201 AT2110, PP3151
PP5251 and TV5110 and TV5111


Townsville, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 28-Aug-2014
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Suzy Munns
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Suzy Munns, Dr Lisa Chilton, Dr Damien Paris, <Person not found>, Professor Zoltan Sarnyai, Dr Sean Holroyd, <Person not found>, Dr Donna Martin.
Workload expectations:
  • 36 hours lectures
  • 36 hours practicals
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); other exams (30%); assignments (20%).

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