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PP5251 - Systemic Pathophysiology and Therapeutics

Credit points: 3.0
Year: 2017
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 or equivalent
PP3251 TV5111


Townsville, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 24-Aug-2017
Coordinator: Dr Donna Rudd, Assoc. Professor Suzy Munns
Lecturers: Dr Lisa Chilton, Assoc. Professor Zoltan Sarnyai, Assoc. Professor Suzy Munns, Dr Damien Paris, Dr Donna Martin, Dr Sean Holroyd, Mr Laurie Reilly.
Contact hours:
  • 39 hours lectures
  • 6 hours tutorials
  • 36 hours practicals
    Assessment: end of semester exam (65%); quizzes or tests (10%); presentations (10%); assignments (15%).

    Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous curriculum quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject/Module Outline represents the latest official information.