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PP1201 - Introduction to Physiology and Pharmacology

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
Administered by: School of Veterinary & Biomedical Sciences

Available to all students except those enrolled in Bachelor of Nursing Science, Occupational Therapy, Pharmacy, Sport and Exercise Science and Medicine/Surgery.

This subject will provide foundation knowledge and understanding of the physiological function of the body and the principles of the action of drugs. After a broad introduction to the major body systems, learning acitivities will develop around the themes of homeostasis, nervous and endocrine regulation of function, the interaction of the body with the external environment and comparative functional physiology. Topics to be addressed include the complexity and diversity of physiological function, biological rhythms, regulation of key aspects of body homeostasis, introduction to cell communication and regulation and an introduction to drug actions, dispersal and toxicology.

Learning Outcomes

  • develop an awareness of the molecular and cellular basis of regulation of cell function;
  • introduce students to the fundamental concepts of pharmacology and toxicology;
  • provide insight into the principle mechanisms that control and regulate selected aspects of internal body function in the face of changing internal and external influences;
  • understand the key functions of the major body systems.


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Coordinator: Dr Lisa Chilton
Lecturer: Professor Geoffrey Dobson.
Workload expectations:
  • 39 hours lectures
  • 36 hours workshops/Seminars
Assessment: end of semester exam (70%); assignments (30%).

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.