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PP5101 - Advanced and Integrated Physiology

Credit points: 3
Year: 2022
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences

This subject will focus on advanced topics in respiratory, cardiovascular and musculoskeletal physiology, integrating these three topics at the cellular, organ and whole body levels. This subject expands on the principles and concepts discussed in the Medical Physiology subjects with particular emphasis on the integrated function of these systems in exercise as well as in special situations (diving, high altitude, space. Subject content and learning objectives as for PP3101. Students will normally be required to attend PP3101 lectures, tutorials and practicals and complete an advanced assignment or equivalent work to postgraduate standard.

Learning Outcomes

  • complete in-depth analysis and integration of the normal physiological processes of selected organ systems at an advanced level using the current literature in this area;
  • evaluate and critique published research articles for assessment of scientific validity;
  • hypothesise and discuss the manner in which these organ systems integrate function in order to serve the organism's needs;
  • predict and discuss the consequences of altering key physiological variables on organ system function;
  • predict and discuss the interplay between body systems as physiological conditions change.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (40%) - Individual
  • Written > Test/Quiz 1 - (10%) - Individual
  • Oral > Presentation 1 - (16%) - Group & Individual
  • Written > Lab/Practical report - (34%) - Individual.

Special Assessment Requirements

Achieve an overall percentage of 50% or more; A satisfactory level (>40%) overall on-course assessment components; A grade of at least 40% on the written final theory exam



Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 24-Mar-2022
Workload expectations:

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

  • 36 hours lectures (didactic or interactive)
  • 22 hours tutorials
  • 18 hours practicals
  • assessment and self-directed study

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.