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BIO3313 Human Physiology and Pharmacology in Disease 1

Semester 1, 2012 On-campus Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Sciences
School or Department : Biological & Physical Sciences
Version produced : 30 December 2013

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Examiner: Lindsay Brown
Moderator: Kate Kauter


Pre-requisite: BIO2203 and BIO2213


The aim of this course is to enhance the student's understanding of the changes in human physiology and pharmacology in common human disease states.


This course builds on the foundations obtained in course BIO2203 Human Physiology and BIO2213 Pharmacology. The course will allow students to discuss the changes caused by disease states in humans, focussing on disease epidemiology, nature, diagnosis and control.


On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. give an overview of examples of major clinical diseases;
  2. demonstrate an understanding of methods available for the diagnosis and characterisation of human disease;
  3. demonstrate skills and knowledge required to perform laboratory experiments safely with appropriate equipment, including molecular and conventional physiological and pharmacological apparatus, computer software and hardware for data acquisition and analysis;
  4. demonstrate skills required for the preparation and submission of a detailed laboratory report;
  5. demonstrate skills required for the preparation and submission of a detailed group investigative report.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Cardiovascular disease 20.00
2. Inflammation and pain relief 20.00
3. Gastrointestinal diseases 20.00
4. Liver diseases 20.00
5. Kidney diseases 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • None required.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Rang HP, Dale MM, Ritter JM, Flower RJ, Henderson G 2012, Rang and Dale’s Pharmacology, 7th edn, Churchill Livingstone, Elsevier.
  • Rang, HP, Dale, MM, Ritter JM, Flower, RJ 2007, Rang & Dale's Pharmacology, 6th edn, Churchill Livingstone, Elsevier.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Examinations 2.00
Laboratory or Practical Classes 30.00
Lectures 26.00
Private Study 114.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
GROUP ASSIGNMENT 100 30 28 Feb 2012 (see note 1)
PROJECT REPORT 100 20 28 Feb 2012 (see note 2)
2HR CLOSED EXAM 120 50 End S1 (see note 3)

  1. Examiner to advise due date for group assignment.
  2. Examiner to advise due date of report.
  3. Examination dates will be available during the Semester. Please refer to the examination timetable when published.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities
    (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and to
    study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their
    chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related
    activities and administration. To maximize their chances of satisfying the objectives of
    the practical component of the course, students should attend and actively participate in
    the laboratory sessions in the course. The use of safe procedures in the laboratory will be
    strictly enforced and continuously monitored to ensure competent performance by students.
    Students who fail to attend sufficient number of practical sessions (less than 80% of total
    sessions) may be excluded from completion of the practical course on grounds of safety.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least
    50% of the marks or a grade of at least C-. (Depending upon the requirements in Statement
    4 below, students may not have to satisfactorily complete each assessment item to receive
    a passing grade in this course).

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded. No assignments will be accepted after model answers have been posted.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    In a Closed Examination, candidates are allowed to bring only writing and drawing
    instruments into the examination.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    No supplementary examinations will be offered in the laboratory component of the course.
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next
    examination period.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. In order to attend laboratory classes, students must provide and wear appropriate personal
    protective equipment. This shall include a laboratory coat, closed-in shoes, and safety
    glasses. Such equipment must be approved by supervising staff. Failure to provide and
    wear the appropriate safety equipment will result in students being excluded from classes.

  2. Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (AGPS) style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide.