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PP3251 - Systemic Pathophysiology and Therapeutics

Credit points: 3
Year: 2011
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: School of Veterinary & Biomedical Sciences

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 25-Aug-2011
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Suzy Munns
Lecturers: Dr Jenni Scott, Nicole Reinke, <Person not found>, Laurie Reilly.
Workload expectations:
  • 36 hours lectures
  • 36 hours practicals
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); other exams (30%); assignments (20%).

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