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PP5201 - Contemporary Research in Physiology

Credit points: 3
Year: 2015
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences

This subject will build upon the basic and theoretical concepts taught in other physiology subjects. Students will investigate and evaluate an array of technologies and methods currently employed in monitoring/quantitating physiological processes and the application of these methods to solve physiological problems. This subject will explore a broad selection of research concepts in physiology with a focus on the current research interests of academic staff in the Fields of Physiology and Pharmacology. Students will normally be required to attend PP3201 lectures, tutorials and practicals and complete an advanced assignment or equivalent work to postgraduate standard.

Learning Outcomes

  • evaluate a broad selection of current research concepts in physiology at an advanced level;
  • describe and evaluate a range of experimental methods in vitro and in vivo research in physiology;
  • collect, analyse and interpret data using selected experimental methods in the context of the current physiological literature;
  • prepare critical scientific reports in the format of journal article submissions within the discipline of physiology;
  • evaluate scientific literature to identify current research problems/new research opportunities, then design studies to investigate these areas;
  • independently formulate a novel research question, and compose and present a grant application; demonstrating a depth of knowledge in one specific area;
  • autonomously investigate and critically analyse scientific literature and construct a scientific literature review;
  • demonstrate biosafety principles, and ethical standards within the context of laboratory classes;
  • practise academic integrity in, but not limited to, report writing, group work and examinations.


Townsville, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 27-Aug-2015
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Damien Paris
Lecturers: Ms Tina Langford, Dr Hayley Letson, Assoc. Professor Catherine Rush, Dr Robert Kinobe, Professor Bruce Gummow, Assoc. Professor Damien Paris, Dr Ernie Jennings, Assoc. Professor Haleagrahara Nagaraja, Professor Zoltan Sarnyai, <Person not found>, Dr David Simcock, Professor Geoffrey Dobson.
Workload expectations:
  • 36 hours lectures
  • 6 hours tutorials
  • 24 hours practicals
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); other exams (25%); assignments (25%).

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