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PP3251 - Systemic Pathophysiology and Therapeutics

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

The Systemic Pathophysiology and Therapeutics subject builds on the basic concepts of physiology to explain how the normal functioning of the human body can become altered in the disease state. Disorders affecting major organ systems in the body, namely the cardiovascular, respiratory, genitourinary, gastrointestinal, and endocrine systems will be studied. The nervous system is covered separately in Neuropharmacology (PP3252:03). Having examined the basis for abnormal function in disease, we then explore how drug treatments may be used to help restore normal function. In addition to the theoretical basis for drug intervention, the practical considerations of managing these treatments will also be discussed.

Learning Outcomes

  • Interpret the pathways through which normal organ function is transformed in the disease state;
  • Evaluate the biochemical and functional imbalances that underlie pathophysiological changes in organ function;
  • Perform, analyse and interpret commonly used clinical diagnostic tests;
  • Determine which drug treatments may be used to correct these biochemical and functional imbalances, helping to restore normal function;
  • Describe the mechanism of action of these therapeutic drugs.
Prerequisites: PP2101 AND PP2201
PP5251 TV5110 TV5111


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 29-Aug-2019
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Donna Rudd
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Donna Rudd, Assoc. Professor Suzy Munns, Dr Lisa Chilton, Mrs Karen Reeks, Assoc. Professor Damien Paris, Assoc. Professor Haleagrahara Nagaraja, Professor Zoltan Sarnyai, Dr Richard Francis, Ms Christine Hall, Dr Donna Martin.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 36 hours lectures
  • 36 hours practicals
  • assessment and self-directed study
Assessment: end of semester exam (65%); quizzes or tests (10%); assignments (25%).

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.