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PP5005 - Special Topics in Physiology

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Public Health, Medical and Vet Sciences

An independent course of study in which students will demonstrate an advanced, integrated and specialised knowledge, including recent research developments, in 3 physiologically based topics. Students will investigate, review, critically analyse and consolidate scientific literature and synthesise literature reviews on assigned topics. The topics areas for this subject will be developed in consultation with the course coordinator. Students will be required to demonstrate autonomy, initiative, planning and decision making skills in the preparation of literature reviews. This subject is consistent with AQF level 9.

Learning Outcomes

  • autonomously investigate, review, critically analyse scientific literature, focusing on peer reviewed primary journal articles;
  • work autonomously to formulate a detailed plan illustrating how the ideas and themes of assigned topics will be consolidated into literature reviews;
  • construct scientific literature reviews that demonstrates a sustained and coherent argument on physiologically based topics;
  • construct scientific literature reviews that demonstrate an advanced understanding of the topic.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Essay (including multi-draft) 1.

Special Assessment Requirements

an overall average of at least 50%; a satisfactory level (40%) in each assessment component.


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 23-Mar-2023
Coordinator: Dr Lisa Chilton, Professor David Whitmore

Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 24-Aug-2023
Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor Damien Paris.

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.